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from President Barack Obama – Analysis of "The Waste Land" on Rap Genius

Meaning

In the classic essay “Tradition and the Individual Talent” (1919), the poet-critic Eliot meditates on the relationship of the individual writer to the entire cultural tradition that precedes him, arguing that he must both embody and redefine that history. In this letter Obama seems to claim a similar role for himself.

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