Curious that I should run into the following from Pound's
Carta da Vista (Rome, 1942) published in English in 1952
by Peter Russell: "Eliot would recognise, I imagine, a greater
influence of Lanman and Woods, his professors of sanskit [sic],
than the superficial influence of the French poets."
From: Rickard A. Parker
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Sent: 2/12/04 9:33 AM
Subject: Re: Objective correlative
Sara Trevisan wrote:
> Paradoxically, I think Eliot best explained what an object correlative
> when he didn't mention it at all but just described it in 'Tradition
> Individual Talent'.
Sara, I was doing a search for some information on Eliot and the Pali
language right after reading your post on the 'objective correlative'
and I came upon this serendipitous find of Eliot commenting upon the
fact that he may not have been the first to use the phrase.
"It is a great many years since I coined, as I thought, the phrase
'objective correlative'. ... It is a little difficult to say
one way or another, whether what I meant some 35 years ago by the
phrase corresponds to the analysis of the author of Vibhava. ...
I must confess that I am neither quite sure of what I meant 35 years
ago, nor sure of what the Sanskrit philosopher meant a good deal
longer ago than that"
Cited with "Letter from Eliot to Nimai Chatterji, quoted in a letter
the editor of The New Statesman, 5 March 1965, p. 361".
This was from an article printed in "Philosophy East & West." More
detail can be seen on the online rendition of it at
I'd love to get more information about this. Can anyone supply