T. S. Eliot



Reflections on Contemporary Poetry



Literatur: T. S. Eliot
Literatur: The Egoist


EACH of us, even the most gifted, can find room in his brain for hardly more than two or three new ideas, or ideas so perfectly assimilated as to be original; for an idea is a speciality, and no one has time for more than a few. With these, or with one, say, hexagonal or octagonal idea, each sets to work and industriously and obliviously begins building cells; not rebelling against the square or the circle, but occasionally coming into collision with some other Bee which has rectangular or circular ideas. All the ideas, beliefs, modes of feeling and behaviour which we have not time or inclination to investigate for ourselves we take second-hand and sometimes call Tradition. * We cannot change much; the point is to do a good job where we can. In literature especially, the innovations which we can consciously and collectively aim to introduce are few, and mostly technical. The main thing is to be quite certain what these are.

The title of Miss Monroe's anthology, and her interesting and admirable introduction, and the inspection of the forces she has mustered, lead me to wonder whether a whole generation can arise together and insurrect; as this introduction leads me to believe that it has insurrected. Perhaps the word is invidious, but there is certainly a hit at the Victorian Age in toto. And the struggle is one in which much more appears to be involved than technical form (many of the poets included adhere closely to conventional forms): "The new poetry strives for a concrete and immediate realization of life; it would discard the theory, the abstraction, the remoteness, found in all classics not of the first order." There is the demand for a "style like speech ... like a cry from the heart."



[Fußnoten, S. 151]

* For an authoritative condemnation of theories attaching extreme importance to tradition as a criterion of truth, see Pope Gregory XVI's encyclical Singulari nos (July 15, 1834), and the Vatican Council canon of 1870, Si quis dixerit. .. anathema sit.   zurück

† The New Poetry: An Anthology. Edited by Harriet Monroe and Alice Corbin Henderson, editors of Poetry. New York: The Macmillan Co. 1917. $1.75.   zurück





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Kommentierte und kritische Ausgabe




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