The poet’s mind is in fact a receptacle for seizing and storing up numberless feelings, phrases, images, which remain there until all the particles which can unite to form a new compound are present together.
The line has been taken from T. S. Eliot’s critical theory Tradition and the Individual Talent.
In this line he has applied his theory of impersonality of poet and poetry.
He has compared the mind of the poet to a catalyst and the process of poetic creation to the process of a chemical reaction. Just as chemical reactions take place in the presence of a catalyst alone, so also the poet’s mind is the catalytic agent for combining different emotions into something new. According to his view, the mind of the poet is constantly forming emotions and experiences into new wholes; the new combination does not contain any hint of the poet’s mind. Again he has mentioned that, in the case of a young and immature poet, his mind, his personal emotions and experiences, may be found in his expression and composition.
Indeed, the mind of a real poet is full of feelings, phrases and image which he can acquire from his learning and experiences.