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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.

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„Ser poeta es una condición más que una profesión.“

—  Robert Graves

Poesía
Fuente: Cuestionario Horizon (1946).

„No hay dinero en la poesía, tampoco hay poesía en el dinero.“

—  Robert Graves

Poesía
Fuente: [Señor], Luis (ed.). Diccionario de citas. Editorial Espasa Calpe, 2005. ISBN 8423992543, p. 156.

„La poesía no es una ciencia sino un acto de fe.“

—  Robert Graves

Poesía
Fuente: Schools (Observations on Poetry (1922-25).

„La mayoría de los poetas están muertos al final de los veintitantos.“

—  Robert Graves

Poesía
Fuente: [Albaigès Olivart] (1997), p. 66.
Fuente: The Observer (1962).

„Toda forma de arte… es una tentativa para racionalizar un conflicto de emociones en el espíritu del artista.“

—  Robert Graves

Fuente: [Albaigès Olivart] (1997), p. 20.
Fuente: A propósito de la poesía inglesa (1922).

„Si algunos mitos desconciertan a primera vista ello se debe con frecuencia a que el mitógrafo ha interpretado mal, accidental o deliberadamente, una imagen sagrada o un rito dramático.“

—  Robert Graves, libro Los mitos griegos

Fuente: Los mitos griegos (Introducción al volumen I). Alianza Editorial, Madrid 1985; página 24. ISBN 8420601101.

„Se llega al corazón de la cuestión por una serie de experiencias del mismo modelo, pero en diferentes colores.“

—  Robert Graves

Fuente: [Albaigès Olivart] (1997), p. 208.
Fuente: Revista ‘Avante’.

„Hoy en día el juramento no debe descansar en tabúes religiosos o semirreligiosos, debe ser invocada una realidad o al menos una plausibilidad.“

—  Robert Graves

Fuente: [Albaigès Olivart] (1997), p. 431.
Fuente: Occupation: Writer. Nueva York: Creative Age Press, 1950; Londres: Cassell, 1951.

„El mito es un dramático registro taquigráfico de materias como invasiones, migraciones, cambio dinásticos, admisiones de cultos extranjeros y reformas sociales.“

—  Robert Graves

Fuente: [Albaigès Olivart] (1997), p. 175.
Fuente: Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology (introducción).

„Cuando mi infancia quedó atrás y los días ya no parecían eternos, sino que se habían reducido a doce horas o menos, empecé a pensar seriamente en la muerte.“

—  Robert Graves

Fuente: La hija de Homero (prólogo). Edhasa, 2ª ed. 1981; página 9. ISBN 843503086.

„Creo que la mejor forma de reacción contra el formalismo y el academicismo es el primer grado de la esquizofrenia.“

—  Robert Graves

Fuente: [Albaigès Olivart] (1997), p. 102.
Fuente: 'Cixous' (Le Monde, 1969).

„Love, Fear and Hate and Childish Toys
Are here discreetly blent“

—  Robert Graves

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".

„I do not love the Sabbath,
The soapsuds and the starch,
The troops of solemn people
Who to Salvation march.“

—  Robert Graves

"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.

„Where is good English to be found? Not among those who might be expected to write well professionally.“

—  Robert Graves

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.

„We forget cruelty and past betrayal,
Heedless of where the next bright bolt may fall.“

—  Robert Graves, libro The White Goddess

"The White Goddess," lines 18–22, from Poems and Satires (1951).
Poems
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.

„Having now been in the trenches for five months, I had passed my prime.“

—  Robert Graves

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.

„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.“

—  Robert Graves

"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.

„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.“

—  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.

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