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Title: "College Rules," Poem by Lucius J. Polk, [1821]: Electronic Edition.
Author: Polk, Lucius Junius, 1808-1869
Editor: Erika Lindemann
Funding from the State Library of North Carolina supported the electronic publication of this title.
Text transcribed by Erika Lindemann
Images scanned by Mara E. Dabrishus
Text encoded by Elizabeth S. Wright
First Edition, 2005
Size of electronic edition: ca. 9K
Publisher: The University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Languages used in the text: English
Revision history:
2005-05-09, Elizabeth S. Wright finished TEI/XML encoding
Part of a series:
This transcribed document is part of a digital collection, titled True and Candid Compositions: The Lives and Writings of Antebellum Students in North Carolina
written by Lindemann, Erika
Title of collection: Polk and Yeatman Family Papers (#606), Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: "College Rules," Poem by Lucius J. Polk, [1821]
Author: Lucius J. Polk
Description: 2 pages, 2 page images
Note: Call number 606 (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Topics covered:
Education/UNC Student Life
Examples of Student Writing/Fiction, Poetry, Character Sketches
Editorial practices
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Document Summary

Polk's incomplete poem celebrates freedom from school subjects.
"College Rules," Poem by Lucius J. Polk, [1821]1
Polk, Lucius Junius, 1808-1869

Page 29
College Rules
1 Now we are freed from College Rules,
From common place book reason,
From trifling syllogistic schools,
And systems out of season:
Never more we'll have defined,
If matter think or think not,
All the matter we've to mind,
Is see who drinks or drinks not.
2 Metaphysically to trace,
The mind or soul abstracted,
Or prove infinity of space,
By case or cause affected;
Better souls we cant become,
By immeterial thinking—
And as for space we want no room
But just enough to drink in.
3 Plenum, vacuum, minus, plus,
Are learned words and rare too,
Those terms our tutors may discuss,
And those who please may hear too,
A plenum in our wine we show,

Page 30
With plus and plus behind, Sir.
And when our cash is minus low,
A vacuum soon we find, Sir.
4 Copernicus that learned sage,
Dane Tycho's error proving.


L. I. P.


1. Polk and Yeatman Papers, SHC. The poem is incomplete, breaking off two lines into the fourth stanza. "College Rules" appears on pages 29 and 30 of Polk's notebook, immediately following his notes on Grey's Memoria Technica.

2. This word and the initials below it appear in a color of ink different from that in which the poem was written.