On Fri, 16 Sep 2011 03:59:59 -0700, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>Eliot once explained (to Philip Mairet, 31 October, 1956; the Collection of
Violet Welton) that, even if a poem meant different things to different
readers, it was still necessary to assert its 'absolute' meaning. (Peter
Ackroyd, 'T.S. Eliot: A Life', p. 271)
Taken from the book's blurb:
A major reinterpretation, __T.S. Eliot's Personal Waste Land: Exorcism
of the Demons__ takes Eliot at his word in his reiterated statements
that The Waste Land was not a "criticism of the contemporary world"
but a personal "grouse against life."
Is that an assertion?