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According to T. S. Eliot, what is the role of individual talent in the creative process...

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hefazat | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 7, 2010 at 9:12 PM via web

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According to T. S. Eliot, what is the role of individual talent in the creative process of a poet as in "Tradition and the Individual Talent"?

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted May 4, 2010 at 9:39 AM (Answer #1)

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The role of the individual talent in the creative process, as expressed by T. S. Eliot in "Tradition and the Individual Talent," is to recognize the long accumulation--the tradition--of poets who comprise an organized whole into which the new poet's mind must be imersed in order to access all the accumulated knoweldge that resides in tradition (as Eliot defines tradition). The poet's mind can then be an active repository for all the feelings, images and phrases comprising tradition until all the particles needed for creation are accummulated, at which time the poet's mind is the catalyst to turn impressions of feeling, images and phrases into a new creation of poetry that will be subsumed into the organized whole of tradition, joining tradition and thereby altering it for the next poets.

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