Steven Spender wrote:
Eliot could be less than helpful if one tried to "explicate" him.
In 1929, there was a meeting of the Oxford Poetry Club at which he was
the guest of honor. ... An undergraduate asked Eliot: "Please, sir,
what do you mean by the line: 'Lady, three white leopards sat under a
juniper-tree?'" Eliot looked at him and said: "I mean, 'Lady, three
white leopards sat under a juniper-tree.'"
"T.S. Eliot" Stephen Spender, p. 133
Originally from Spender in:
"T.S. Eliot, The Man and His Work" Allen Tate, ed. p.46