February 22, 2005

Interesting, and different I might add

In T.S. Eliot's "Tradition and the Individual Talent", there are many good points that are brought up.

My favorite lines in theis essay was, "Someone said: 'The dead writers are remote from us because we know so much more than they did.' Precisely, and they are that which we know." This was the most straightforward line I have ever read in a passage. In what Eliot replied holds so much truth. We do know those who were writers before us. We know their writing styles and techniques and combine it to make it our own. We know who they are and accept the things that they have learned so that we can advance in our learning. Why should we have to figure things out if they have already been figured?

I also thought it was interesting how he used "Someone said" as if he was trying not to expose the person who has said this. I thought this was a smart move. If someone would like the person who said this quote, that may lead to a bias against Eliot's point.

Amanda brings up good points in her weblog. I agree that Pope is more negative when it comes to criticism. I feel that Eliot is the opposite of Pope. He believes that criticism should only be based on the poem itself rather than the poet.

"Honest criticism and sensitive appreciation is directed not upon the poet but upon the poetry."

My English teacher in my senior year of high school would always make us put our names at the end of our paper. She did not want to know who was writing it until the end. I thought this was a smart way of doing things because she marked every paper equally. No one would be able to say that she favored one student over another. This brings me back to Eliot. He said not to criticize the poet. Well, my teacher did not criticize us because she did not know who's paper is was until the end.

Eliot states, "Only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things." He states that a poem should be written as though you're escaping from your emotions and personality. I feel that every human being has some sort of personality and emotions, so anyone should be able to escape from these.

Ever so often, I would write poems in my journal when I was younger. This gave me a chance to get everything out. It was a cleansing process. It was as if I was putting something on paper that I would not normally feel. A couple days or months later, I would read the poem and I could not believe I had wrote it. It was as though I were someone else. I guess I have the talent sometimes to put my own personality and emotions aside. Maybe sometimes I have this talent, as you can note from the Poem for Pope blog, I acted kind of funny in the middle--that is certainly my own personality.

Posted by Anne Stadler at February 22, 2005 10:22 PM | TrackBack
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