T.S. Elliot's "Tradition And The Individual Talent" And Alain Locke's "The New Negro


T.S. Elliot's "Tradition and the Individual Talent" and Alain Locke's "The
Although many of the authors that we have studied this semester saw
fit to express what they considered the Modern artist's relationship to
tradition should be, two authors stand out because they explicitly say what
they felt it was. These two authors Are T.S. Elliot in "Tradition and the
Individual Talent", and Alain Locke in "The New Negro". Elliot and Locke
use different definitions of the word "tradition" and address a different
group of people in their particular works. Elliot uses the word tradition
to speak of the great body of literature that has been produced in and
around Europe as he addresses critics ...

Want to read the rest of this paper?
Join Essayworld today to view this entire essay
and over 50,000 other term papers

(1405).
Critics were in effect using tradition only to describe something quaint
and archaic. The problem with this view is that it creates the
misconception among the general public that good poetry is not at all
related to anything that has been done before, and it must instead be
something entirely new to be good.
This misconception was especially destructive because it caused
people to ignore the influence of great writers of the past upon
contemporary ones. Elliot states that "…in critical writing we tend to look
for what is original in a piece of work if we like it, so therefore do not
pay attention to what elements are traditional" (ibid.). Further, he states
that "One of the facts that might come to light in this process is our
tendency to insist, when we praise a poet, upon those aspects of his work
in which he least resembles anyone else" (ibid.). The task of the modern
critic when studying a piece of a work should not be limited to finding out
how a poet is ...

Get instant access to over 50,000 essays.
Write better papers. Get better grades.


Already a member? Login

to write about, did not evolve in a vacuum. There is a
definite foundation that he is building upon, if indeed he is a good writer.

Elliot believes that the contemporary views of what the word
"tradition" meant are incorrect. He states that "…a sense of the timeless
as well as of the temporal and of the timeless and of the temporal together,
is what makes a writer traditional" (1406). Thus, being traditional does
not mean that the artist is simply parroting the past, but instead has a
real understanding of it, and a facility with using it to create something
new. When speaking of the true artist Elliot states, "…his appreciation is
the appreciation of his relation to the dead poets ...

Succeed in your coursework without stepping into a library.
Get access to a growing library of notes, book reports,
and research papers in 2 minutes or less.


CITE THIS PAGE:

T.S. Elliot's "Tradition And The Individual Talent" And Alain Locke's "The New Negro. (2007, February 21). Retrieved November 27, 2021, from http://www.essayworld.com/essays/T-S-Elliots-Tradition-Individual-Talent/60675
"T.S. Elliot's "Tradition And The Individual Talent" And Alain Locke's "The New Negro." Essayworld.com. Essayworld.com, 21 Feb. 2007. Web. 27 Nov. 2021. <http://www.essayworld.com/essays/T-S-Elliots-Tradition-Individual-Talent/60675>
"T.S. Elliot's "Tradition And The Individual Talent" And Alain Locke's "The New Negro." Essayworld.com. February 21, 2007. Accessed November 27, 2021. http://www.essayworld.com/essays/T-S-Elliots-Tradition-Individual-Talent/60675.
"T.S. Elliot's "Tradition And The Individual Talent" And Alain Locke's "The New Negro." Essayworld.com. February 21, 2007. Accessed November 27, 2021. http://www.essayworld.com/essays/T-S-Elliots-Tradition-Individual-Talent/60675.
JOIN NOW
Join today and get instant access to this and 50,000+ other essays


PAPER DETAILS
Added: 2/21/2007 12:57:15 PM
Category: Book Reports
Type: Free Paper
Words: 2413
Pages: 9

Save | Report

SHARE THIS PAPER

SAVED ESSAYS
Save and find your favorite essays easier

SIMILAR ESSAYS
» The Economic Impact Of The New ...
» T.S Eliot's View On Aesthetic V...
» T.S. Elliot - The Hollow Men
» "The Love Song Of J. Alfred Pru...
» More's Utopia And Huxley's Brav...
» T.S. Eliot
» T.S. Eliot's "The Wasted Land"
» T.S Eliot's "The Waste Land"
» Analysis of T.S. Eliot
» T.S. Eliot
Copyright | Cancel | Contact Us

Copyright © 2021 Essayworld. All rights reserved