Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

How long does it take to write an epic poem?

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I should not think of devoting less than twenty years to an epic poem. Ten to collect materials and warm my mind with universal science. I would be a tolerable Mathematician, I would thoroughly know Mechanics, Hydrostatics, Optics, and Astronomy, Botany, Metallurgy, Fossilism, Chemistry, Geology, Anatomy, Medicine—then the mind of man—then the minds of men—in all Travels, Voyages and Histories. So I would spend ten years—the next five to the composition of the poem—and the five last to the correction of it. So I would write haply not unhearing of that divine and nightly whispering Voice, which speaks to mighty minds of predestinated garlands, starry and unwithering.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Written by nevalalee

August 3, 2013 at 9:50 am

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  1. Wonderful quote from one of my favourite poets. Hadn’t seen this so thanks!

    Catherine McCallum

    August 4, 2013 at 6:48 pm

  2. Glad you liked it! He’s one of my favorites, too.

    nevalalee

    August 7, 2013 at 9:10 pm


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