Ken Armstrong wrote:
> Although you are putting Gish-ian assumptions into Eliot's mouth, nothing
> here contradicts Eliot's assertion that a poem has absolute meaning.
Please quote your source here. If Eliot really said that, Eliot was a
fool, which I doubt. Possibly Plato really believed some such nonsense,
but I doubt it, since it is not even possible to make the statement, "A
poem has absolute meaning" without the literal non-sense of the concept.
Any attempt to make the claim collapses into incoherence.
I really don't know of any serious thinker (again with the possible
exception of Plato) who ever thought or claimed that any text, any
assertion, could have an absolute meaning. So it is certainly not
"Gish-ism" we are dealing with her4e.