It means that the way words make individuals "feel" is not all they mean
and may not even have anything to do with what they "mean" in a specific
context. Eliot's words (all words) have meanings determined by centuries
of convention and encoded in dictionaries; they are not simply touchstones
for individual feelings. That words carry differing implications and
connotations within varying ranges is also true, of course. I was merely
noting that the words he chose are both WORDS apart from our responses
and HIS words, not exclusively our responses.
Or, in other words, a poem can mean many things but not simply anything--
whether we feel it or not.
Date sent: Mon, 16 Jul 2001 15:10:29 +0100
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From: "Jennifer Formichelli" <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Nancy's post on TWL
A question: You write: `Of course this is only relevant if we think
Eliot's words and choices of allusion have anything to do with his words
and allusions. '
What does that mean?