cr mittal wrote:
> "[clip]Eliot's poetry is not a question of meaning in the first place.
> When Raine enquires of a couple of lines in one of Eliot's poems
> whether we are supposed to be in a brothel, the only answer which
would be true to Eliot's own aesthetic is that we are in a poem. "
> ~ Terry Eagleton
Of course the poet's "own aesthetic" is hardly binding on reader,
critic, or scholar. Like any other biographical information, it may be
of (little or great) interest. That is all. And I presume that Eagleton
himself takes this for granted.