Creation of an epic – 23

There are many phases to the creation of a large work—or, for that matter, of any serious work:  the shock of revelation that provokes the need to create the artistic response; the period when the artist explores or gropes for, the implications of the provocation; the determination of the form needed for the work; the deeper research to fulfill its demands and implications; and the initial creation.

It is this last stage to which we have come.  Almost as a mole builds its tunnel, still sniffing out its destination and acutely sensitive to the dirt, clay, stones, and moisture of that through which it claws its way, so the artist must press forward in creation.

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