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What is the function of criticism according to T. S. Eliot from his in Selected...

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saracyclegar | Student, Undergraduate

Posted February 19, 2011 at 3:21 PM via web

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What is the function of criticism according to T. S. Eliot from his in Selected Essays, 1917-1932?

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lprono | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted February 19, 2011 at 6:16 PM (Answer #1)

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In his formulation of literary criticism, T.S. Eliot reacted against the ideas of Romanticism which stressed the importance of emotion. On the contrary, Eliot's criticism points out that writers should understand works of the past to produce new oeuvres that can continue artistic tradition. The personality and emotion of the writer should be toned down in favor of those of the writer's era. Tradition and the suppression of emotion ("a continual extinction of personality") play a crucial role in Eliot's criticism, whose function is to provide literary and moral guidance in how to assign value to literary works. In addition, the collection of essays points to the importance of Christianity in the creation and assessment of literary works.

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