Tradition and the individual talent by deepti Gupta
Miss Deepti Gupta
M.A. English 3rd sem.
G.D.C. Rewa M.P.
About Thomas Stearns Eliot
He was born in 26
U.S. and died January
T. S. Eliot, was an
playwright, literary and
One of the twentieth century's
Tradition and the Individual Talent
Tradition and the Individual Talent” is one
of the more well-known works that Eliot
produced in his critic capacity.
It was published in 1919.
Modernism and Hegemony.
Tradition doesn’t mean a blind adherence to the ways of
the previous generation.
Tradition cannot be inherited; it can only be obtained by
Tradition can only obtained by those who have historical
Three parts of this essay
Tradition and Individual
•It doesn’t mean to know the past as a whole
without any discrimination.
•The sense of tradition doesn’t mean that the poet
should know only a few poets whom he admires, a
particular age, or period which he likes. This is a
sign of immaturity and inexperience.
-“poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an
escape from emotion; it is not the expression of
personality, but an escape from personality.”
-Eliot doesn’t deny personality or emotion to the poet.
Only he must depersonalize his emotions.
-The poet can know what is to be done if he acquires a
sense of tradition; the historic sense which makes
him conscious not only of the present but also of
the present moment of the past.
Criticism of Eliot
1. Its limited definition of what constitutes the
canon of tradition.
2. The “mind of Europe” reeks of Euro