Tradition and the Individual Talent

An Essay

by T. S. Eliot

Eliot exemplifies and explains what I've never been able to say: what makes a poem burst into my (the reader's) existence - or, for that matter, what makes one languish on the page, while I yawn. This whole essay, but especially his last two paragraphs, should be required reading for any writer. Or serious reader. (You have to be the latter, to read it!)

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