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« Am I really an M.D.? | Main | Depressed »

March 21, 2005


Tim Hulsey

College students are not exactly clueless about sex, but they're not yet accustomed to the idea that Great Literature might be concerned with off-color topics. I shocked several students some years ago while discussing Dryden's "Mac Flecknoe. " Although they had studied the poem in high school, no one informed them that Dryden's London was an open sewer, or that the poem's majestic heroic couplets referred to excrement and prostitutes. Kids are trained to ignore this stuff, and they do.

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