On 5/6/2012 9:32 AM, Chokh Raj wrote:

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Obviously, when a poem is presented in such terms, it may mean different things to different readers. Eliot admits as much in a letter to Philip Mairet, 31 October, 1956; the collection of Violet Welton. All the same, he felt that it was still necessary to assert its (the poem's) 'absolute' meaning. (Peter Ackroyd, p. 271)

    This is one letter I'd like to see, for the complete context. Apparently it is in a collection at the University of Texas at Austin. Have any listers seen it?

 Ken A