"The chief use of the "meaning" of a poem in the ordinary sense, may be...to satisfy one habit of the reader, to
keep his mind diverted and quiet, while the poem does its work upon him." - T.S. Eliot
"Poetry is nothing less than the most perfect speech of man, that in which he comes nearest to be able to utter the truth..." - Matthew Arnold
What do these quotes mean and why are they significant?
Eliot's quote means that the meaning of a poem is not the only thing a person can derive from it. While the meaning is nice... View the full answer