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Name: Kailash Baraiya
Roll No: 10
Paper: 7,Literary Theory and criticism
Topic: T.S Eliot’s Tradition and Individual Talent
Submitted To: Department of English, M.K.
About T.S Eliot
He was born in 26 September, 1888, Missouri,
U.S. and died in January 4, 1965, Kensington,
T.S Eliot was an essayist, publisher,
playwright, literary and social critic.
One of the major poet of 20th century.
About the Essay
The Essay was published in 1919
in egoist- the Time Literary
But later ,The Essay was
published in The Sacred Wood :
Essay on Poetry and Criticism in
This essay is described by David
Lodge as the most celebrated
critical essay in the English of the
‘Tradition and Individual Talent’
Divided in to
Eliot’s Concept of Tradition
Tradition is not the Slavish imitation of the past.
Tradition can not be inherited, it can only be
obtained by hard labour.
Tradition can only be obtained by those who have
the historical sense.
The Theory of Depersonalization
Honest criticism and sensitive appreciation
is directed not upon the poet but upon the
Theory of Poetry.
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.
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