Robert Fitzgerald Quotes

28 Robert Fitzgerald quotes:

"I think it was lucky that during most of the work on the Odyssey I lived on Homer's sea in houses that were, in one case, shaken by the impact of the Mediterranean winter storms on the rocks below."
"When I went to work I had nothing but my own Greek in my own hand before me to try to match with English in the blank lines underneath the Greek."
"Poetry is at least an elegance and at most a revelation."
Author: Fitzgerald Quotes Category: American Author Quotes Elegance Quotes
"Homer's whole language, the language in which he lived, the language that he breathed, because he never saw it, or certainly those who formed his tradition never saw it, in characters on the pages. It was all on the tongue and in the ear."
"That helped me to keep in touch with myself and to keep in touch with this really quite extraordinary language and literature into which I had pushed a little way."
"After leaving college and while working on a newspaper and then on a magazine in New York, I wanted not to lose what Greek I had acquired."
"All this was really a great advantage in making the language come nearer, at least to being a living one for me, than it might otherwise have been."
"I think that everyone who took part has always been grateful for it."
"I think there are perhaps two ways in which one can begin."
"I would then go on to say that Homer, as we now know, was working in what they call an oral tradition."
"In a way you can feel that the poet actually is looking over your shoulder, and you say to yourself, now, how would this go for him? Would this do or not?"
"In fact, eloquence in English will inevitably make use of the Latin element in our vocabulary."
"Is encouragement what the poet needs? Open question. Maybe he needs discouragement. In fact, quite a few of them need more discouragement, the most discouragement possible."
"Now, the language that had grown up and formed itself on those principles is what one is dealing with, and the problem is to bring a work of art in that medium into another medium formed on different principles and heard and understood in a different way."
"Of course anything can happen, and as we know there are a great many examples of the other way of doing it, but I myself don't think I would enjoy it."
"Of course the other and more serious way in which it all happens is that one finds in poems and language some quality one appropriates for oneself and wishes to reproduce."
"One should indeed read Pope with his notes available, in the Twickenham edition possibly, to see what a vast amount he did understand about Homer."
"The heart of the matter seems to me to be the direct interaction between one's making a poem in English and a poem in the language that one understands and values. I don't see how you can do it otherwise."
"The invention of Bob Dylan with his guitar belongs in its way to the same kind of tradition of something meant to be heard, as the songs of Homer."
"The question is how to bring a work of imagination out of one language that was just as taken-for-granted by the persons who used it as our language is by ourselves. Nothing strange about it."

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