If this is a personal reaction to me, it is offensively rude and out of line. On your thesis, many professors no doubt would have shared your reading of Eliot, and many would not. N >>> Chokh Raj 01/11/13 11:53 PM >>> To quote from 'Conversation Galante': “You, madam, are the eternal humorist, The eternal enemy of the absolute, Giving our vagrant moods the slightest twist! With your air indifferent and imperious At a stroke our mad poetics to confute—” --- Incidentally a remark by one of the examiners on my Ph.D. thesis on Eliot's early poetry: "The early poems (of T.S. Eliot), Mr. Mittal rightly argues, seem to work on the principle of an absolutist poetics -- a poetics geared to the spiritual centres which the poet is able to locate finally in the Four Quartets." --- CR Chokh Raj wrote Friday, January 11, 2013 10:56 PM: To me the inverted commas around 'absolute' in the quotation tends to modify its (absolute's) meaning. The quotation would mean that while different readers could view a poem in different lights, it was necessary to view it in the light of the 'absolute'. CR From: Chokh Raj To: [log in to unmask] Sent: Friday, January 11, 2013 10:50 AM Subject: Re: Dantean Aesthetics in 'The Waste Land' BTW, "[E]ven if a poem meant different things to different readers, it was still necessary to assert its 'absolute' meaning." - TS Eliot (to Philip Mairet, 31 october, 1956; the collection of Violet Welton) A humble endeavor in that direction, TSE! CR Chokh Raj wrote Friday, January 11, 2013 9:22 AM: Burning burning burning burning O Lord Thou pluckest me out O Lord Thou pluckest http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow_viewer/0,3253,l=249085&a=248513&po=0,00.asp?p=n CR Chokh Raj wrote Friday, January 11, 2013 8:42 AM: O City City . . .