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March 31

John Donne died, 1631

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Question:

What British poet was confined to an insane asylum for harassing passersby in Hyde Park and demanding that they recite prayers with him?

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Christopher Smart. Samuel Johnson visited Smart in the asylum, famously remarking: "He insisted on people praying with him; and I'd as lief pray with Kit Smart as any one else."

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