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 <[log in to unmask]>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."
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'.
"[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!
Burning burning burning burning
O Lord Thou pluckest me out
O Lord Thou pluckest