Creativity is a word that gets kicked around a lot in the classroom these days. But is there a rubric that can help define this concept that often comes across as fuzzy or having no parameters or guidelines for evaluation? Such a rubric can be gleaned in Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet. For Rilke, creativity is often a Socratic-like dialogue that the artist has with him or herself, along with his or her environment. For the teacher trying to teach creativity or evaluate it in a student's work, Rilke's letters can help to deliniate how a piece of writing or even art, works or fails as a creative art form. For the student, Rilke's letters can provide the beginning writer or artist with a set of precepts that can provide plausible structure and form for a poem or story. His concept about creativity can even be applied to other art forms such as painting or sculpture. Creativity is not just a random act of inspiration; for Rilke, creativity involves maintaining a disciplined, truthful dialogue with your self and also with nature.
|Keywords:||Creativity, Belles Lettres, Socratic Dialogue, Poetry|
Associate Professor of Humanities, Humanities, Capital Community College, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
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