In the world of the imagination, anything goes that's imaginatively possible, but nothing really happens.
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Age: 78 †
Born: July 14
Died: January 23
More quotes by Northrop Frye
The Bible is not interested in arguing, because if you state a thesis of belief you have already stated it's opposite if you say, I believe in God, you have already suggested the possibility of not believing in him. [p.250]
We do not live in a centred space any more, but have to create our own centres.
We are being swallowed up by the popular culture of the United States, but then the Americans are being swallowed up by it too. It's just as much a threat to American culture as it is to ours.
No human society is too primitive to have some kind of literature. The only thing is that primitive literature hasn't yet become distinguished from other aspects of life: it's still embedded in religion, magic and social ceremonies.
I don't see how the study of language and literature can be separated from the question of free speech, which we all know is fundamental to our society.
We notice as the Bible goes on, the area of scared space shrinks.
The metaphor of the king as the shepherd of his people goes back to ancient Egypt. Perhaps the use of this particular convention is due to the fact that, being stupid, affectionate, gregarious, and easily stampeded, the societies formed by sheep are most like human ones.
Literature is a human apocalypse, man's revelation to man, and criticism is not a body of adjudications, but the awareness of that revelation, the last judgement of mankind.
Just as a new scientific discovery manifests something that was already latent in the order of nature, and at the same time is logically related to the total structure of the existing science, so the new poem manifests something that was already latent in the order of words.
Literature is conscious mythology: as society develops, its mythical stories become structural principles of story-telling, its mythical concepts, sun-gods and the like, become habits of metaphoric thought. In a fully mature literary tradition the writerenters intoa structure of traditional stories and images.
Man creates what he calls history as a screen to conceal the workings of the apocalypse from himself.
A writers desire to write can only have come from previous experience of literature, and he'll start by imitating whatever he's read, which usually means what the people around him are writing.
Most of my writing consists of an attempt to translate aphorisms into continuous prose.
The primary and literal meaning of the Bible, then, is its centripetal or poetic meaning.
The disinterested imaginative core of mythology is what develops into literature, science, philosophy. Religion is applied mythology.
Poetry can only be made out of other poems novels out of other novels.
My subject is the educated imagination, and education is something that affects the whole person, not bits and pieces of him .
I see a sequence of seven main phases: creation,revolution or exodus (Israel in Egypt), law, wisdom, prophecy, gospel, and apocalypse.
"It seems to me that Canadian sensibility has been profoundly disturbed, not so much by our famous problem of identity, important as that is, as by a series of paradoxes in what confronts that identity. It is less perplexed by the question ""Who am I?"" than by some such riddle as ""Where is here?"
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.