Tradition and the Individual Talent, T.S. Eliot
During our first class, something that Karissa has said stuck out as I read this selection. She said even though we should read stories objectively, not everyone reads in a vacuum. It is the same thing with writing, you might think that you may be doing your own thing but that is far from the truth. Eliot definetly understood that concept. He stated that " no poet, no artist of any art, has his complete meaning alone".
This means that no piece of literature is a category in itself. That is were literary criticism come in. We may not hit on exactly what the author meant..but again quoting T.S. Eliot: "Honest criticism and sensitive appreciation is directed not upon the poet upon the poetry."
It is the poetry itself that will live on and go though countless criticisms and will be read in countless Lit. Crit. classes. Through that poetry, we will be able to help determine, not completely determine the thoughts of the author.