escapism (was Re: the post-literate society)

Alec Ramsdell aramsdell at
Wed May 23 11:57:32 PDT 2001

Joanna Bujes wrote:

> John Donne, an avid reader, remarked that he read in
> order to run away.

That sheds some light on a funny thing a prof of mine once remarked about him, that reading the Holy Sonnets one hears Donne saying, "Listen to me, God, I'm John Donne!" It looks like the melancholy lining to his amatory passion.


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