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- Q11) WHAT IS HISTORICAL SENSE, ACCORDING TO TS ELIOT?
- Q12) ACCORDING TO TS ELIOT, WHAT MAKES A POET TRADITIONAL?
- Q13) “NO POET, NO ARTIST OF ANY ART, HAS HIS COMPLETE MEANING ALONE.” – EXPLAIN
- Q14) WHAT IS AESTHETIC CRITICISM ACCORDING TO TS ELIOT?
- Q15) WHAT DOES ELIOT MEAN TO SAY BY THE PHRASE “EXISTING MONUMENTS”?
- Q17) HOW WILL A POET BE AWARE OF HIS GREAT DIFFICULTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES?
- Q18) HOW WILL A POET BE JUDGED?
- Q19) “THE FIRST COURSE IS INADMISSIBLE” – WHAT IS THE FIRST COURSE AND WHY IS IT INADMISSIBLE?
- Q20) WHAT IS ‘AN IMPORTANT EXPERIENCE OF YOUTH’? WHAT DOES ELIOT MEAN TO SAY HERE?
Q11) WHAT IS HISTORICAL SENSE, ACCORDING TO TS ELIOT?
ANS) According to TS ELIOT, the historical sense is referred to “not only the pastness of the past but of its present”, i.e., poets tell us to write in a unique way. He says we do not need to copy and paste but to copy, cut and create –
- Copy – to get inspired from the old writings
- Cut – to add something from the past writings in your own writings
- Create – to make a combination of both copy and cut, to create our own creativity and uniqueness in the present writing
TS ELIOT says writers, write something in which we can find the presence of past writings as well the present individuality of the writers in their writing, that is, historical sense.
Q12) ACCORDING TO TS ELIOT, WHAT MAKES A POET TRADITIONAL?
ANS) According to TS ELIOT, the “sense of the timeless(remain unchanged with time) as well as of the temporal(being present in reality/present) and of the timeless and of the temporal together, is what makes a writer traditional”, that is, historical sense. Taking together the presence of past and present is what makes a writer traditional.
Q13) “NO POET, NO ARTIST OF ANY ART, HAS HIS COMPLETE MEANING ALONE.” – EXPLAIN
ANS) Through this line, TS ELIOT wanted us to understand that the poet, the artist of any art does not have its complete meaning alone as his significance, his appreciation is the appreciation of his relations to the dead poets and artist. They are compared and contrasted, among the dead to know their exact value, through the principle of aesthetics.
Q14) WHAT IS AESTHETIC CRITICISM ACCORDING TO TS ELIOT?
ANS) According to TS ELIOT, aesthetic criticism is referred to compare and contrast the new poet and their writings with the old poets and their writings, i.e., what they have written, how they have written and criticise it.
Q15) WHAT DOES ELIOT MEAN TO SAY BY THE PHRASE “EXISTING MONUMENTS”?
ANS) Through this phrase TS Eliot wanted to make us understand that “existing monuments” are old writings that had already formed ideals among themselves and to modify it new (the really new) work of art is introduced.
Q16) WHAT DOES THE ESSAYIST MEAN TO SAY IN THE LINE “THE WHOLE ORDER MUST BE IF EVER SO SLIGHTLY, ALTERED;”?
ANS) Through this line TS Eliot, want us to understand that, if a new work will be introduced then only the old one will get replaced/altered and something new form of art will be created.
Q17) HOW WILL A POET BE AWARE OF HIS GREAT DIFFICULTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES?
ANS) The poet according to TS Eliot who will be aware of his great difficulties and responsibilities should have the qualities that he should know the fact “that the past should be altered by the present as much as the present is directed by the past”.
Q18) HOW WILL A POET BE JUDGED?
ANS)According to TS Eliot, a poet should be judged by the standard of the past writers but not by their principles. That is no need to compare/contrast with the dead poets but to himself, he is good or not in the present context from the past.
Q19) “THE FIRST COURSE IS INADMISSIBLE” – WHAT IS THE FIRST COURSE AND WHY IS IT INADMISSIBLE?
ANS) The question quoted line is taken from the text “TRADITIONAL AND THE INDIVIDUAL TALENT” by TS Eliot. The first course is – “he can neither take the past as a lump, an indiscriminate bolus” and here the essayist wants us to understand that we cannot take a piece(lump) from the past to know the whole history of something, but we need to know the whole past behind the history of anything i.e., we need the whole bolus to know the history/past, only a lump(piece) from it will not work rather it will confuse us.
Q20) WHAT IS ‘AN IMPORTANT EXPERIENCE OF YOUTH’? WHAT DOES ELIOT MEAN TO SAY HERE?
ANS) The question quoted line is taken from the text “TRADITIONAL AND THE INDIVIDUAL TALENT” by TS Eliot. Here people think that to keep one or two private admirers will help them to know the whole history of the past. But TS ELIOT, says that to know the whole history, writers should know all the writers from the past i.e., one or two private admirers will not work in this case.
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