Fuente: Cuestionario Horizon (1946).
Frases de Robert Graves
Fecha de nacimiento: 24. Julio 1895
Fecha de muerte: 7. Diciembre 1985
Robert von Ranke Graves fue un escritor y erudito británico, padre de la escritora y traductora Lucía Graves.
Frases Robert Graves
Fuente: [Señor], Luis (ed.). Diccionario de citas. Editorial Espasa Calpe, 2005. ISBN 8423992543, p. 156.
Fuente: [Albaigès Olivart] (1997), p. 66.
Fuente: The Observer (1962).
Fuente: [Albaigès Olivart] (1997), p. 20.
Fuente: A propósito de la poesía inglesa (1922).
Fuente: Los mitos griegos (Introducción al volumen I). Alianza Editorial, Madrid 1985; página 24. ISBN 8420601101.
Fuente: [Albaigès Olivart] (1997), p. 208.
Fuente: Revista ‘Avante’.
Fuente: The Observer (1964).
Fuente: [Albaigès Olivart] (1997), p. 431.
Fuente: Occupation: Writer. Nueva York: Creative Age Press, 1950; Londres: Cassell, 1951.
Fuente: [Albaigès Olivart] (1997), p. 175.
Fuente: Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology (introducción).
Fuente: La hija de Homero (prólogo). Edhasa, 2ª ed. 1981; página 9. ISBN 843503086.
Fuente: [Albaigès Olivart] (1997), p. 102.
Fuente: 'Cixous' (Le Monde, 1969).
Country Sentiment (1920)
Contexto: Love, Fear and Hate and Childish Toys
Are here discreetly blent;
Admire, you ladies, read, you boys,
My Country Sentiment.
"A First Review".
"The Boy out of Church".
Country Sentiment (1920)
Contexto: I do not love the Sabbath,
The soapsuds and the starch,
The troops of solemn people
Who to Salvation march.
I take my book, I take my stick
On the Sabbath day,
In woody nooks and valleys
I hide myself away.
To ponder there in quiet
God's Universal Plan,
Resolved that church and Sabbath
Were never made for man.
Fuente: The Reader Over Your Shoulder (1943), Ch. 3: "Where Is Good English to Be Found?"
Contexto: Where is good English to be found? Not among those who might be expected to write well professionally. Schoolmasters seldom write well: it is difficult for any teacher to avoid either pomposity or, in the effort not to be pompous, a jocular conversational looseness. The clergy suffer from much the same occupational disability: they can seldom decide whether to use "the language of the market-place" or Biblical rhetoric. Men of letters usually feel impelled to cultivate an individual style — less because they feel sure of themselves as individuals than because they wish to carve a niche for themselves in literature; and nowadays an individual style usually means merely a peculiar range of inaccuracies, ambiguities, logical weaknesses and stylistic extravagancies. Trained journalists use a flat, over-simplified style, based on a study of what sells a paper and what does not, which is inadequate for most literary purposes.
— Robert Graves, libro The White Goddess
"The White Goddess," lines 18–22, from Poems and Satires (1951).
Contexto: But we are gifted, even in November,
Rawest of seasons, with so huge a sense
Of her nakedly worn magnificence
We forget cruelty and past betrayal,
Heedless of where the next bright bolt may fall.
Fuente: Goodbye to All That (1929), Ch.16 On being in the trenches in France in 1915.
Contexto: Having now been in the trenches for five months, I had passed my prime. For the first three weeks, an officer was of little use in the front line... Between three weeks and four weeks he was at his best, unless he happened to have any particular bad shock or sequence of shocks. Then his usefulness gradually declined as neurasthenia developed. At six months he was still more or less all right; but by nine or ten months, unless he had been given a few weeks' rest on a technical course, or in hospital, he usually became a drag on the other company officers. After a year or fifteen months he was often worse than useless.
"To Lucasta on Going to the War — For the Fourth Time"
Fairies and Fusiliers (1917)
Contexto: Let statesmen bluster, bark and bray,
And so decide who started
This bloody war, and who's to pay,
But he must be stout-hearted,
Must sit and stake with quiet breath,
Playing at cards with Death.
Don't plume yourself he fights for you;
It is no courage, love, or hate,
But let us do the things we do;
It's pride that makes the heart be great;
It is not anger, no, nor fear —
Lucasta he's a Fusilier,
And his pride keeps him here.
— Robert Graves, libro Los mitos griegos
Volume 1, Introduction.
The Greek Myths (1955)
Contexto: Ancient Europe had no gods. The Great Goddess was regarded as immortal, changeless, and omnipotent; and the concept of fatherhood had not been introduced into religious thought. She took lovers, but for pleasure, not to provide her children with a father. Men feared, adored, and obeyed the matriarch; the hearth which she tended in a cave or hut being their earliest social centre, and motherhood their prime mystery.