Northrop Frye Quotes

Northrop Frye Quotes: For the serious mediocre writer convention makes him sound like a lot of other people; for the popular writer it gives him a formula he can exploit; for the serious good writer it releases his experiences or emotions from himself and incorporates them into literature, where they belong.
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Northrop Frye Quote: Those who are concerned with the arts are often asked questions, not always sympathetic ones, about the use or value of what they are doing. It is probably impossible to answer such questions directly, or at any rate to answer the people who ask them.
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Quotes about Northrop Frye: My subject is the educated imagination, and education is something that affects the whole person, not bits and pieces of him .
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Quote about Northrop Frye: Wherever illiteracy is a problem, it's as fundamental a problem as getting enough to eat or a place to sleep.
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Northrop Frye Sayings: Everything that happens in the Old Testament is a
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Northrop Frye Saying: Literature is not a subject of study, but an object of study.
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Sayings about Northrop Frye: Science begins with the world we have to live in, accepting its data and trying to explain its laws. From there, it moves toward the imagination: it becomes a mental construct, a model of a possible way of interpreting experience. The further it goes in this direction, the more it tends to speak the language of mathematics, which is really one of the languages of the imagination, along with literature and music. Art, on the other hand, begins with the world we construct, not with the world we see. It starts with the imagination, and then works toward ordinary experience.
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Saying about Northrop Frye: Literature speaks the language of the imagination, and the study of literature is supposed to train and improve the imagination.
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Northrop Frye Quotes: Real unity tolerates dissent and rejoices in variety of outlook and tradition, recognizes that it is man's destiny to unite and not divide, and understands that creating proletariats and scapegoats and second-class citizens is a mean and contemptible activity.
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Northrop Frye Quote: The poet, however, uses these two crude, primitive, archaic forms of thought (simile and metaphor) in the most uninhibited way, because his job is not to describe nature, but to show you a world completely absorbed and possessed by the human mind.
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Quotes about Northrop Frye: Poetry is the most direct and simple means of expressing oneself in words: the most primitive nations have poetry, but only quitewell developed civilizations can produce good prose. So don't think of poetry as a perverse and unnatural way of distorting ordinary prose statements: prose is a much less natural way of speaking than poetry is. If you listen to small children, and to the amount of chanting and singsong in their speech, you'll see what I mean.
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Quote about Northrop Frye: The tricky or boastful gods of ancient myths and primitive folk tales are characters of the same kind that turn up in Faulkner or Tennessee Williams.
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Northrop Frye Sayings: The simple point is that literature belongs to the world man constructs, not to the world he sees; to his home, not his environment.
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Northrop Frye Saying: It seems clear that the Bible belongs to an area of language in which metaphor is functional, and were we have to surrender precision for flexibility.
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Sayings about Northrop Frye: In literature, questions of fact or truth are subordinated to the primary literary aims of producing a structure of words for its own sake, and the sign-values of symbols are subordinated to their importance as a structure of interconnected motifs.
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Saying about Northrop Frye: A public that tries to do without criticism, and asserts that it knows what it wants or likes, brutalizes the arts and loses its cultural memory. Art for art's sake is a retreat from criticism which ends in an impoverishment of civilized life itself.
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Northrop Frye Quotes: Characters tend to be either for or against the quest. If they assist it, they are idealized as simply gallant or pure; if they obstruct it, they are characterized as simply villainous or cowardly. Hence every typical character...tends to have his moral opposite confronting him, like black and white pieces in a chess game.
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Northrop Frye Quote: We find rhetorical situations everywhere in life, and only our imaginations can get us out of them.
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