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Something John Donne Said. by Kid on 2003-08-06 15:12:36

He says that good is a constant - things come about because they are good (in society), and that people who spend time wallowing in pity about how good things used to be are the sad lonely ones who can't accept change.

Is this out-moded? Where does societies advancement cease being good? Discus. (Sic)

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Re: Something John Donne Said. by Howard on 2003-08-09 16:16:58  |  Reply to this
  Don't know about ol' Johhny Boy. He also said "Go fuck a stick": Go and catch a falling star Get with child a mandrake root Tell me where all past days are And who clove the devil's hoof
Re: Something John Donne Said. by Bill Shakespeare on 2003-08-10 00:46:53  |  Reply to this
  John Donne enjoyed criticising my work but you Howard are quite perversely non-sequitur in your engagement of language associations and I like that quite a bit. You will not be critical of me because your dendritic neural connections are misfiring and you spew forth fun fuckamations of communicative dyslogic. I laugh here now in Stratford-upon-that-bitch-of-a-community-Avon and enjoy viewing your nonsense on this particular web address. Cheers!
Re: Re: Something John Donne Said. by Howard on 2003-08-11 19:08:05  |  Reply to this
  Hmm. Sounds like Bill went to college, after all these years.
So, a mandrake root is forked, something like a crotch. And to "get with child" such a thing is obviously impossible. Which is, of course, the point, as the rest of the poem (and even that first verse) clearly shows. But the "go fuck a stick" remark is due to an English prof of mine. While both formulations are funny, Donne's is certainly more elegant.
But, you have me pegged right. I actually prefer the second form.