T.S. Eliot and Literary Influences
22 Questions
0 Views
3.3 Stars

T.S. Eliot and Literary Influences

Explore the literary influences and styles of T.S. Eliot, a renowned poet who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. His poetry is known for its intertextual references and echoes of past poets and philosophers.

Created by
@FancierSatyr

Questions and Answers

What is a distinctive feature of modernist poetry, as seen in poems like 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' and The Waste Land?

Loaded with intertextual references

What does William Wordsworth's 'Preface to Lyrical Ballads' reject?

The elevated poetic diction of 18th-century neoclassical poetry

What is the role of the poet, according to William Wordsworth?

To communicate the passions of men and bind humanity together

What is the relationship between the past and the present in poetry, according to T.S. Eliot?

<p>The past is altered by the present, and the present is directed by the past</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the goal of poetry, according to William Wordsworth?

<p>To present incidents and situations from common life in an unusual way</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the relationship between the poet and the past, according to T.S. Eliot?

<p>The poet inherits the past, but only through great effort</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the purpose of poetry, according to William Wordsworth?

<p>To present truth carried alive to the heart by passion</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is T.S. Eliot's view of poetry and the individual poet?

<p>Poetry is an escape from personality and emotion</p> Signup and view all the answers

What was the officer's occupation in the Royal Naval Division?

<p>An officer</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the theme of the 'war sonnets' written by the officer in 1914?

<p>Nationalist feeling</p> Signup and view all the answers

Where was the officer buried after his death?

<p>Skyros</p> Signup and view all the answers

What literary movement is the poem's style reminiscent of?

<p>Modernist Poetry</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the tone of the poem's description of England?

<p>Nostalgic</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the poem's use of personification an example of?

<p>Intertextuality</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the primary focus of the poet's work according to the passage?

<p>Using ordinary emotions to express feelings beyond actual emotions</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the poet's goal in creating poetry, according to the passage?

<p>To escape from emotion and personality</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the significance of 'emotion recollected in tranquility' in the passage?

<p>It is an inexact formula for the poet's work</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the relationship between the poet's emotions and their poetry?

<p>The poet's emotions are not directly related to their poetry</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the key to achieving impersonality in poetry, according to the passage?

<p>Surrendering oneself to the work to be done</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the significance of the 'present moment of the past' in the passage?

<p>It is a moment of awareness of what is already living</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the characteristic of the poet's emotions, according to the passage?

<p>Simple and crude</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the primary difference between the poet's emotions and the emotions expressed in their poetry?

<p>The poet's emotions are personal, while the emotions in their poetry are impersonal</p> Signup and view all the answers

Study Notes

T.S. Eliot's Poetry

  • Enlarges meaning by echoing major and minor past poets, philosophers, dramatists, popular songs, western and eastern religions, and works of anthropology and history
  • His poems, such as "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and The Waste Land, are modernist and loaded with intertextual references
  • Won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948

William Wordsworth's Poetry

  • Preface to Lyrical Ballads (1800) is a revolutionary manifesto about the nature of poetry
  • Attacks elevated poetic diction of 18th C neoclassical poetry and rejects traditional principle of decorum
  • Poetry can present incidents and situations from common life with imagination
  • Defines poetry as "the spontaneous overflow of feelings"
  • A poet is a man speaking to men, endowed with sensibility, tenderness, and a comprehensive soul

T.S. Eliot's "Tradition and the Individual Talent" (1919)

  • Tradition cannot be inherited, but only obtained by great effort
  • Involves a perception of the pastness of the past and its presence
  • A poet's meaning is not complete without considering the past
  • The past should be altered by the present as much as the present is directed by the past
  • Honest criticism and sensitive appreciation are directed not upon the poet but upon poetry

T.S. Eliot's Views on Poetry and Emotions

  • Poetry is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality
  • Poetry is not the turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion
  • The poet's business is not to find new emotions, but to use ordinary ones
  • Emotions in poetry are impersonal and require the poet to surrender themselves wholly to the work

Rupert Brooke's Life and Poetry

  • Was an officer in the Royal Naval Division
  • Wrote patriotic pastoral poems, known as the "war sonnets", in 1914
  • Died of dysentery on a troop-ship destined for Gallipoli
  • Buried on the island of Skyros

Studying That Suits You

Use AI to generate personalized quizzes and flashcards to suit your learning preferences.

Quiz Team
Use Quizgecko on...
Browser
Browser