“The essence of solitude … is a sense of choice and control…. You choose to leave and return.”1 That is, if you can choose, and involuntary confinement (e.g., prisons) is not the only alternative of choice; nor, as is clear from the previous chapters, is it the only state of involuntary solitude. As some of the works demonstrate, our inhibitions of choice are many, and are often psychogenically involuntary. At times, “return” is nearly impossible, and we are irretrievably beyond it, although no external force holds us prisoner.
KeywordsReligious Feeling Radical Alienation Universal Integration Dramatis Persona Prose Poem
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