Quiz: Eliot's Tradition and Individual Talent
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1-2. In which of the following years the essay Tradition and Individual Talent was published?
The Egoist: Times Literary Supplement
The Sacred Wood: Essays on Poetry and Criticism
1919
1920/22
3. Which of the following central idea/s is/are discussed in the essay?
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3 points
4. Which of the following central idea/s is/are discussed int he essay(2)?
3 points
5. Which of the following central idea/s is/are discussed in the essay(3)?
5 points
6. What is the nearest possible meaning of this quote: "we shall often find that not only the best, but the most individual of his work may be those in which the dead poets, his ancestors, assert their immortality forcefully and vigorously".
3 points
7. What is the nearest possible meaning of this quote: "Tradition is a matter of much wider significance. It cannot be inherited and if you want it you must obtain it by great labour. It involves the historical sense."
2 points
8. What is the nearest possible meaning of this quote: "the historical sense involves a perception, not only of the pastness of the past, but of its presence; the historical sense compels a man to write not merely with his own generation in his bones, but with a feeling that the whole of the literature of Europe from Homer and within it the whole of the literature of his own country has a simultaneous existence and composes a simultaneous order."
2 points
9. What is the meaning of this quote: "Some can absorb knowledge, the more tardy must sweat for it. Shakespeare acquired more essential histories from Plutarch than most men could from the whole British Museum."
1 point
10. What is the meaning of this quote: "Honest criticism and sensitive appreciation is directed not upon the poet but upon the poetry."
2 points
11. What is the meaning of this quote: "the process of depersonalization, which is “a continual surrender of himself as he is at the moment to something which is more valuable. The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality."
2 points
12. What is the meaning of this quote: "Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."
3 points
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