Elliot gives examples of the different emotions poetry can form. He states that a poet does not have personality to express, they have a medium. In this medium experiences are combined with impressions. These things may be important for man but are not present in poetry. From this Elliot is explaining the presence of emotion and feeling in poetry.
When someone reads a poem they capture these things and they create an experience that they may have never experienced before. Each have their own ways of viewing certain things. Elliot explained that this could be seen through the relationship between a poem and its author. The personal experience of a poet does not matter but rather the poet should be interested as an artist not as an individual.
Elliot uses the example of a catalyst and gases. He compared the poet to platinum that must be present for a reaction to happen. The analogy is that the mind of poet that the poets mind is a catalyst that draws things together to create a reaction.
The Persona of a the poet should be visible in his poetry but the poet himself should not be visible. The job of a great poet is to draw from different reaches and be able to connect it into his poem. He claims that it is the intensity of the artistic process that allows a poem to be great. By this account it is a poets ability to draw from different places and fuse it together that allows a poem to be great. In this theory, Elliot uses a chemical reaction in order to describe how a poet must be in respect to his or her works.
This gives the poet the job of being a simple medium that is depersonalized in order to create poetry. This combining process is done through the act of writing poetry where there are certain intensities and pressures for the poem to be made page As a result, the poet is able to express feelings that he or she has experienced without revealing actual emotions page Eliot assertively states that one is willing to be a skilled poet, one must write poetry completely devoid of personal experiences.
They must not be the primary inspiration for written pieces. Rather, you must channel them into emotions that will have a stronger presence. Therefore, it will have a huge impact on readers. Every reader has a unique interpretation, so immature writing will not be effective.
Groundbreaking poems are dependent from experience, and that is something that can be agreed with. If every poet, be it Robert Frost or Walt Whitman, were to write every poem solely inspired from experiences, we would not have dense, rich poems.
You could say that they would not be timeless and appreciated by future generations. He establishes the main distinction between mature and immature readers. Mature writers give off a permanent impression through detached writing styles.
On the other hand, immature writers tells the audience everything at once. Consequently, it does not allow readers to think critically of the selected poems. Eliot makes the argument that the true great poet is able to separate himself from his personality and emotions. When I first considered this, I was immediately a bit skeptical. At the beginning of this course, we learned that good poetry is not supposed to tell a story or have a moral, but that it should give the reader his own experience.
How would a great poet, then, be able to write a poem exploring love if he did not consider his own experiences with love? Rather, he is able to detach himself from his own personal feelings so that his poetry can go beyond them. That is not to say he completely forgets his own personal feelings and experiences; I would think he would need them to draw from if he were to give the reader something to experience.
Eliot argues that the mature poet is able to detach himself from himself, whereas the immature poet cannot. A great poet must separate himself as person in order to fully be himself as a poet. The poet, then, is able to perfect and master the art of poetry. Being an artist myself, I can say doing this is no easy feat. It is extremely difficult to detach yourself as a person from who you are as an artist.
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