An interesting remark, Peter. It prompts me to raise a query.
In deciphering Eliot's poetry, are we bound by Eliot's notion of 'objective correlative'? 
IMHO, a reader is free to view Eliot's poetry in the light of what we generally mean by
objective correlative rather than be guided solely by Eliot's criterion of it. 


From: Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 2:45 AM
Subject: Re: OT - Chapel Perilous 

Sounds to me like we're creeping closer and closer to the objective correlative.


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> Why, for all of us, out of all that we have heard, seen, felt, in a
> lifetime, do certain images recur, charged with emotion, rather than others?
> The song of one bird, the leap of one fish, at a particular place and time,
> the scent of one flower, an old woman on a German mountain path, six
> ruffians seen through an open window playing cards at night at a small
> French railway junction where there was a water-mill: such memories may have
> symbolic value, but of what we cannot tell, for they come to represent the
> depths of feeling into which we cannot peer. We might just as well ask why,
> when we try to recall visually some period in the past, we find in our
> memory just the few meagre arbitrarily chosen set of snapshots that we do
> find there, the faded poor souvenirs of passionate moments.
>                                                          TSE