Eliot presents his conception of tradition and the definition of the poet and poetry in relation to it.
It was published in two parts, in the September and December issues.
The essay was written by a young American poet named T. Eliotwho had been living in London for the last few years, and who had published his first volume of poems, Prufrock and Other Observations, in James Joyce looked back to ancient Greek myth the story of Odysseus for his novel set in modern Dublin, Ulysses Ezra Pound often looked back to the troubadours and poets of the Middle Ages.
And it is at the same time what makes a writer most acutely conscious of his place in time, of his contemporaneity. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.
Once again, Eliot sets himself apart from such a Romantic notion of poetry. This is in keeping with his earlier argument about the importance of tradition: The Odyssey itself is what matters, not the man or men — or woman!
For Eliot, great poets turn personal experience into impersonal poetry, but this nevertheless means that their poetry often stems from the personal. Eliot is rather vague about how a poet is to do this — leaving others to ponder it at length. Ellie KoczelaWikimedia Commons.In his essay “Tradition and the Individual Talent” Eliot spreads his concept of tradition, which reflects his reaction against romantic subjectivism and emotionalism.
Tradition and the Individual Talent.
T.S. Eliot. The Sacred Wood; Essays on Poetry and Criticism. “Tradition and the Individual Talent,” one of Eliot’s early essays, typifies his critical stance and concerns; it has been called his most influential single essay.
Divided into three parts. Eliot attempts to do two things in this essay: he first redefines “tradition” by emphasizing the importance of history to writing and understanding poetry, and he then argues that poetry should be essentially “impersonal,” that is separate and distinct from the personality of its writer.
"Tradition and the Individual Talent" () is an essay written by poet and literary critic T.
The essay was first published in The Egoist () and later in Eliot's first book of criticism, "The Sacred Wood" (). Published: Thu, 14 Dec T.S Eliot Tradition and Individual Talent and The Love Song of J.
Alfred Prufrock Tradition and individual talent. Eliot’s essays actually map a highly personal set of preoccupations, responses and ideas about specific authors and works of art, as well as formulate more general theories on the connections between poetry, culture and society.