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."