Explanation 03, from T.S. Eliot’s Tradition and the Individual Talents Explanation 03: The emotion of art is impersonal. And the poet cannot reach this impersonality without surrendering himself wholly to the work to be done. These lines have been quoted from “Tradition and the Individual Talent’’ by T.S. Eliot. Here, Eliot tells us about his theory of the impersonality of poetry. The emotion of the poetry is impersonal and the poet cannot reach this impersonality without surrendering himself wholly to the work to be done. Eliot gates to put forward his theory of impersonality of poetry. The artist must constantly surrender himself to something greater than himself. His emotions and passions must be depersonalized. The poet must acquire greater and greater objectivity. He must be as impersonal and objective as a scientist. The personality of the poet is not important, the important thing is his sense of tradition and the matter of art.
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