Wordsworth on Genius and the Creative Responsibility of Elevating Taste


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“To create taste is to call forth and bestow power, of which knowledge is the effect; and there lies the true difficulty.”

What is genius — what is its nature and its proof? For Beethoven, genius was based on a foundation of talent, but required additional “freshness and wildness of imagination, a raging ambition, an unusual gift for learning and growing, a depth and breadth of thought and spirit.” “Genius gives birth, talent delivers,” Kerouac proclaimed in weighing whether great artists are born or made. “Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins,” Baldwin cautioned aspiring writers as he considered the real building blocks of genius. Sch… Read More

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