To me what Eliot meant was truth in relation to or in the light of or
in the perspective of the Absolute. Looked at from other angles,
a poem may mean many different things -- but looked at from
the angle of the Absolute, it would tell of a truth which might
be at variance with other truths. Maybe Eliot was more
inclined to look at things in this perspective.
Now what is Absolute ? To me it stands for a truth that is
timeless and universal. Please mark that line in the epigraph
of 'Burbank' that means : Only the divine endures, the rest is
all smoke. Or that notion of the "still point" in the FQ.
Or whatever the Thunder's message is in TWL. Or the
one implied in the title The Fire Sermon. Or that line
Ash-Wednesday about time being only time, and what is
true is true for only one time and one place only.
I wonder at Eliot's proclivity towards this notion of the Absolute
figuring almost constantly -- it seems to be the pivot around
which his poetry revolves.
Perhaps it is this "absolute truth" that Eliot desired his reader
to perceive in his poems -- it is one of the truths, though --
all others equally valid in their own rights.
And this above all -- I'm modest in my opinion --
and this is an absolute truth too ;-)
It's 11.30 pm. And we're still not past All Fools Day.
Were such a thing to exist, wouldn't the poem be the source?
Diana Manister wrote:
> Dear CR: Presumably Eliot felt the author would be the source of that
> "absolute meaning?" Diana
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