Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post

Hmmm - "The mind of the poet is the shred of platinum."

Do you think T.S. Eliot would have minded if we substituted "photographer" for "poet"?
Of course, you would have to edit it to "shred of silver" since "sliver of silver" sounds bad...

More seriously, the bits from the essay that matter to me the most are:

" Yet if the only form of tradition, of handing down, consisted in following the ways of the immediate generation before us in a blind or timid adherence to its successes, "tradition" should positively be discouraged. "

"He must be quite aware of the obvious fact that art never improves, but that the material of art is never quite the same."