The hero as individual talent:Thomas Carlyle, T.S. Eliot and the prophecy of modernism

Noel-Tod, Jeremy (2013) The hero as individual talent:Thomas Carlyle, T.S. Eliot and the prophecy of modernism. Review of English Studies, 64 (265). pp. 475-491. ISSN 0034-6551

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Abstract

This article argues for the influence of Thomas Carlyle's essay 'The Hero as Poet' (1840) on T.S. Eliot's first book of criticism, The Sacred Wood (1920), and in particular the essay 'Tradition and the Individual Talent'. Eliot's affinities with Carlyle as a post-Romantic critic are illuminated by the vicissitudes of his quarrel with Matthew Arnold over the relationship between poetry and criticism. A close comparison of the two essays reveals Eliot's reimagining of Carlyle's poet-prophet as a Modernist hero, whose 'method' and 'vision' is adumbrated in The Sacred Wood's final essays by extension of the argument of George Santayana's Three Philosophical Poets (1910).

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Uncontrolled Keywords: modernism,t.s. eliot,thomas carlyle,poetry,literary criticism,matthew arnold
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Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2013 14:00
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 22:14
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/44568
DOI: 10.1093/res/hgt003

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