Charlie Rose hosts a ten minute discussion on creativity and the art of creating new forms. Watch in full above and see the original source here.
Oliver Sacks said on the show:
"Imitation may be an essential preliminary to any achievement."Oliver continued, giving the example of a poet criticised for copying the work of earlier English poets:
"He is first concerned to get the technique or to develop the language; and then only once it's developed he then infuses with his imagination. But you can't have anything new until a great deal has become automatic or second nature. The spontaneity and novelty are the most challenging problems in the world."