Creativity is the ability
to come up with ways of doing things that satisfy multiple conflicting goals
. For example, the poet
must express his ideas
goals (for example, being too direct
, too obvious
, too crude
, or too dull
). This is very difficult and requires complex problem solving
skills. Indeed, creativity is the superlative
of problem solving.
Like everything else, it can be learned and taught, but this is not simple. And with all learning, it is more a matter of acquiring the ability to look at a problem in a different way rather than memorization of fact.