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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—”

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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."

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CR


Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> 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 <[log in to unmask]>
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 <[log in to unmask]> 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 <[log in to unmask]> wrote Friday, January 11, 2013 8:42 AM: 

O City City . . .