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One of the pre-eminently "classical" attributes is an indifference to originality. Indeed, in the classical artist, originality would be a fault. He is given, he is served out, with all he is supposed to require for his task: not his reason why, but to "get on with the job" ... He is tied hand and foot therefore to the values of his patrons. Their morals are his morals; it is the Weltanschauung that perforce he holds in common with them that is his subject-matter. -- Wyndham Lewis, 'Men Without Art' 

Some echoes here of what Eliot says in his essay on Tradition and what obtains in his work.

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