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Tradition and the Individual Talent, T.S. Eliot, 1919

T. S. Eliot. "Tradition and the Individual Talent." Selected Prose of T.S. Eliot. Ed. Frank Kermode. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1975. 38-39. The Modernism Lab, Yale University. Web. 29 Apr. 2016.

The phrase "novelty is better than repetition" (lines 53-54) is used to


urge others to include "novelty" in their art.


explain why some poets seek to include only innovative ideas in their work.


define the meaning of the term repetition.


question the relevance of the writers of the past.


describe the major impact that new poets are having in the present.

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