Monday, August 03, 2009

The Catastrophe of Vocation

Yesterday, I came across the following sentence in Harold Bloom's A Map of Misreading.

Call Jonah the model of the poet who fails of strength, and who wishes to return to the Waters of Night, the Swamp of Tears, where he began, before the catastrophe of vocation. (14)

I imagine many recent PhDs will know the feeling.

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