It is of the essence of imaginative culture that it transcends the limits both of the naturally possible and of the morally acceptable.
More Quotes from Northrop Frye:Were art to redeem man, it could do so only by saving him from the seriousness of life and restoring him to an unexpected boyishness.
Popular art is normally decried as vulgar by the cultivated people of its time then it loses favor with its original audience as a new generation grows up then it begins to merge into the softer lighting of ''quaint,'' and cultivated people become interested in it, and finally it begins to take on the archaic dignity of the primitive.
Culture's essential service to a religion is to destroy intellectual idolatry, the recurrent tendency in religion to replace the object of its worship with its present understanding and forms of approach to that object.
Between religion's this is and poetry's but suppose this is, there must always be some kind of tension, until the possible and the actual meet at infinity.
Americans like to make money; Canadians like to audit it. I know no other country where accountants have a higher social and moral status.
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.
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The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual.
There's no drugs, no Tom in a dress, no psychiatrists.
The landlords are not agriculturists; that is an abuse of terms which has been too long tolerated.