All souls: an excellent name for a November day
or a wealthy Oxford college with a sundial
created by Christopher Wren. T. E. Lawrence
got in; future PM Harold Wilson failed
the entrance exam, which consisted
of the candidate’s response to a single word,
such as “censorship,” “chaos,” “comedy,” and “culture.”
One recent year the aspirants were asked whether
the “moral character of an orgy” changes
“when the participants wear Nazi uniforms.”
Also, “Is there anything to be said for astrology?”
“The dice of God are always loaded” (Emerson). Discuss.
Oh, to be an Oxford don tasked with
formulating questions about relativism,
cultural imperialism, Dark Energy, Dark Matter,
Las Vegas, and the present status of concepts of “the soul”!