----- Original Message -----From: [log in to unmask] href="mailto:[log in to unmask]">Chokh RajSent: Tuesday, April 01, 2008 7:38 PMSubject: Re: THE LINE ABOUT THE BURGLAR AND THROWING MEAT TO THE DOGDiana,To me what Eliot meant was truth in relation to or in the light of orin the perspective of the Absolute. Looked at from other angles,a poem may mean many different things -- but looked at fromthe angle of the Absolute, it would tell of a truth which mightbe at variance with other truths. Maybe Eliot was moreinclined to look at things in this perspective.Now what is Absolute ? To me it stands for a truth that istimeless and universal. Please mark that line in the epigraphof 'Burbank' that means : Only the divine endures, the rest isall smoke. Or that notion of the "still point" in the FQ.Or whatever the Thunder's message is in TWL. Or theone implied in the title The Fire Sermon. Or that line inAsh-Wednesday about time being only time, and what istrue is true for only one time and one place only.I wonder at Eliot's proclivity towards this notion of the Absolutefiguring almost constantly -- it seems to be the pivot aroundwhich his poetry revolves.Perhaps it is this "absolute truth" that Eliot desired his readerto 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.Cheers!CR
Marcia Karp <[log in to unmask]> wrote: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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