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Saturday, October 25, 2008

T. S. Eliot, "Tradition and the Individual Talent" and The French Revolution

T. S. Eliot is perhaps the most influential literary critic of the twentieth century. "Tradition and the Individual Talent" has opened a new way of thinking in literary criticism and it is not considered to be one of the must read texts about literally criticism. I read it the other day. Here, idiot has talked a lot about and a poet conforming to a tradition. If you’d think that tradition is a positive thing and we should have a positive outlook towards it. He strongly disagrees with William Wordsworth about the poetic process.

When Eliot talks about tradition, he mainly indicates the tradition of Europe from Homer. I wonder why Elliott is not keen about the French revolution. After all, it was the French revolution that inspired the creation of modern Europe.

What do you think?

1 comment:

  1. Sabrina12:44 AM

    The poets of the twentieth century were different from the poets of Romantic age and Victorian age. This thing we can observe in thought of T S. Eliot. He emphasized on the tradition. As a poet, T. S Eliot thought that the incidents of past is also important. It was his belief that past is important as we are influenced by past; our present relates to the past. He believed that a poet should have knowledge about tradition. As a writer of 20th century, may be he was influenced by the literary movement of the modern art and literature. May be he felt that by influencing of modernism, the poets cut off themselves from the tradition. To represent traditional ideas or morals are important part of poetry, he talked about ‘tradition’ in his - "Tradition and the Individual Talent"

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