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T.S.ELIOT
Mustheena . K
B.ED ENGLISH
KSTC
TRADITION AND THE INDIVIDUAL
TALENT
T.S.ELIOT
Three parts of this essay- Tradition and individual talentThree parts of this essay- Tradition and individual talent
TRADI...
THOMAS STEARNS ELIOT
(1888 -1965 )
British poet - playwright – essayist –
publisher – social and literary critic.
One of t...
CONTRIBUTIONS :
Objective Correlation
Theory of Impersonality
Concept of Tradition
Disassociation of sensibility
ESSAY...
Introduction :
• “Tradition and Individual Talent ” (1919) is an essay
written by the poet and literary critic T. S. Eliot...
TRADITIONAL AND INDIVIDUAL TALENTTRADITIONAL AND INDIVIDUAL TALENT (1919)
This essay is divided into three parts . That ar...
The Concept of “Tradition” :
 Eliot presents his conception of tradition and the definition of poet and
poetry in relatio...
 The difference between present and past is that , the conscious
present is an awareness of the past in a way and to an e...
The Theory of Impersonal Poetry:
 Honest criticism and sensitive appreciation is directed not upon the
poet but upon the ...
 The poet has, not a “personality” to express , but a particular medium
, which is only a medium and not a personality , ...
 According to Eliot ‘poetry is not a turning loose of emotion , but an
escape from emotion ; it is not the expression of ...
Conclusion :
 Tradition and Individual Talent (1919) is an essay
written by T.S.Eliot.
 According to him , the emotion o...
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  1. 1. 1 T.S.ELIOT Mustheena . K B.ED ENGLISH KSTC
  2. 2. TRADITION AND THE INDIVIDUAL TALENT T.S.ELIOT
  3. 3. Three parts of this essay- Tradition and individual talentThree parts of this essay- Tradition and individual talent TRADITION AND INDIVIDUAL TALENT The concept of tradition The concept of tradition The concept of tradition
  4. 4. THOMAS STEARNS ELIOT (1888 -1965 ) British poet - playwright – essayist – publisher – social and literary critic. One of the twentieth century’s major poet . TRADITION AND INDIVIDUAL TALENT
  5. 5. CONTRIBUTIONS : Objective Correlation Theory of Impersonality Concept of Tradition Disassociation of sensibility ESSAYS : Traditional and Individual Talent (1919)  Hamlet and His Problems (1920)  Metaphysical Poets (1921) TRADITION AND INDIVIDUAL TALENT
  6. 6. Introduction : • “Tradition and Individual Talent ” (1919) is an essay written by the poet and literary critic T. S. Eliot. • The essay was first published in ‘The Egoist ’ (1919) and later in Eliot’s first book of criticism , “The Sacred Wood ”(1920). • Tradition and Individual Talent is one of the more well known work that Eliot produced in his critic capacity . • It formulates Eliot’s influential conception of the relationship between the poet and the literary tradition which proceeds him . TRADITION AND INDIVIDUAL TALENT
  7. 7. TRADITIONAL AND INDIVIDUAL TALENTTRADITIONAL AND INDIVIDUAL TALENT (1919) This essay is divided into three parts . That are : Part one : The Concept of “ Tradition ” Part two : The Theory of Impersonal Poetry Part three : The Conclusion or Summing up. TRADITION AND INDIVIDUAL TALENT
  8. 8. The Concept of “Tradition” :  Eliot presents his conception of tradition and the definition of poet and poetry in relation to it.  For Eliot ,the term “tradition” is imbued with a special and complex character.  It represents a “simultaneous order” , by which Eliot means a historical timelessness – a fusion of past and present , and at the same time , a sense of present temporality.  Eliot claims that this “historical sense” is not only a resemblance of traditional works but an awareness and understanding of their relation to his poetry.  The historical sense involves a perception , not only the pastness of past , but of its presence. TRADITION AND INDIVIDUAL TALENT
  9. 9.  The difference between present and past is that , the conscious present is an awareness of the past in a way and to an extent which the past’s awareness of itself cannot show.  When a poet engages in a new work he realizes an aesthetic “ideal order” , as it has been established by the literary tradition that has come before him.  As such , the act of artistic creation does not take place in a vacuum.  The inclusion of new work alters the way in which the past is seen , elements of past that are noted and realized.  The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice , a continual extinction of personality.  This leads to Eliot’s so called “Impersonality Theory” of poetry. TRADITION AND INDIVIDUAL TALENT
  10. 10. The Theory of Impersonal Poetry:  Honest criticism and sensitive appreciation is directed not upon the poet but upon the poetry.  Eliot compares the poet’s mind to a catalyst , - in which the reactants are feelings and emotion that are synthesized to create an artistic image that captures these same feelings and emotion. - While the mind of poet is necessary for production , it emerges unaffected by the process. - The artist stores feelings and emotions , and properly unites them into a specific combination ,which is the artistic product. TRADITION AND INDIVIDUAL TALENT
  11. 11.  The poet has, not a “personality” to express , but a particular medium , which is only a medium and not a personality , in which impression and experience combine in peculiar and unexpected ways. - Impression and experiences which are important for the man may not take place in the poetry , and those which become important in the poetry , may play quite an ignorable part in the man , the personality.  It is not his personal emotions , the emotions provoked by particular event in his life , that the poet is in any way remarkable or interesting . - His particular emotions may be simple , crude or flat. - Great work do not express the personal emotion of the poet . -And the poet does not reveal his own unique and novel emotions, but rather , by drawing an ordinary ones and channeling them through the intensity of poetry. TRADITION AND INDIVIDUAL TALENT
  12. 12.  According to Eliot ‘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’. - But ,of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.  Since , successful poetry is impersonal and , therefore , exists independent of its poet , it outlives the poet and can incorporate into the timeless “ideal order” of the “living” literary tradition.  ‘Talent’ , especially in the arts , is a genius ,that one is born with. Instead talent is acquired through a careful study of poetry. TRADITION AND INDIVIDUAL TALENT
  13. 13. Conclusion :  Tradition and Individual Talent (1919) is an essay written by T.S.Eliot.  According to him , the emotion of art is impersonal.  And the poet cannot reach this impersonality without surrendering himself wholly to the work to be done.  And he is not likely to know what is to be done unless he lives in what is not merely the present , but the present moment of past , unless he is conscious , not of what is dead , but of what is already living. TRADITION AND INDIVIDUAL TALENT
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