January 29, 2007

Enjoy It

Elliot, ''Tradition and the Individual Talent'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

"The poet has, not a "personality" to express, but a particular medium, which is only a medium and not a personality, in which impressions and experiences combine in peculiar and unexpected ways".

To me, this quote helps me gain an insight into the message that Elliot is trying to send. When someone has an idea, they should begin their work with their original idea in the back of their mind. As their work is being completed, they should allow themselves to explore and if a different idea or concept arises, embrace it because it will have a different way of expressing your personality, one which happened unintentionally.

Sometimes if you try to hard to achieve a certain goal, somewhere in the process, you loose your reasoning. You forget its importance and purpose. As readers, painters, writers, we all should be open to new ideas and concepts, because there is nothing sadder than an incompleted idea.

Basically, everyone can relate to this article. The experiences that we go through, help form our ideas and concepts. Use those to live life, but do not make your experinces shape who you will be in the future.

Posted by GinaBurgese at January 29, 2007 9:51 AM | TrackBack

I liked your last sentence. I like that the writer emphasized the need for art to have something universal in it and you mentioned that everyone could relate to this article.

Posted by: Erin at January 29, 2007 1:48 PM

Think Beethoven's incomplete symphony...

It is a sad affair if talent goes blank before it crosses the finish line. By not standing out in crowd in our craft, we will be lost in it. Nevertheless, their is NEVER a truly original idea (espcially when it comes to writing). Writers get inspiration from everywhere, so we can't really write or think in a vacuum.

Posted by: Kevin "Kelo The Great" Hinton at January 30, 2007 1:23 AM

I am not sure that I agree with your last statement - that we shouldn't let our experiences shape who we are in the future. I would say that your experiences are a very integral part of who you are and become and I think it would be at least unwise, if not impossible anyway not to have our experiences shape ourselves. But, I do believe that we shouldn't use our experiences as an excuse for who we are or will be. We can learn from them and then decide HOW we will let those experiences affect us, but I don't think we would actually to be able to not let them shape us.

Posted by: Lorin at February 1, 2007 12:29 AM

Yes, it is important to keep your idea in the back of your mind - but if you always keep it completely in focus it is easy to get frustrated and not do as complete of a job. Sometimes you have to drift from your goal in order to accomplish it.

Posted by: Diana Geleskie at February 1, 2007 5:24 PM
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