John Donne Poetry

Topics: John Donne, Metaphysical poets, T. S. Eliot Pages: 2 (674 words) Published: January 14, 2011
'John Donne' was an exceptional Poet that wrote in the 16th/17th century. 'John's' work consisted of metaphysical poetry where his name today is recognised by English literacy. His poems highlight a world of changing values, religious, political, scientific, through his own questioning of his life experiences. His poems both reflect, as well as argues against the Elizabethan society of the time. 'John Dryden' described 'Donne' as being "too intellectual and concerned with ideas rather than feelings". 'Donne' became an individual using the metaphysical style but manipulating it into his own way to express his feelings to the responder. 'John' demands the readers intelligence because of the intensity of his poetry where whether he is passionately addressing his mistress or appealing to his god. This can be questioned in the poem 'The Holy Sonnet, Batter My Heart'. 'John' is addressing God himself , he describes his religious situation in almost physical terms as he reflects on his moral disobedience to God. This poem is intensely personal, emotions of despair and anguish are shown when he asks for Gods help in his spiritual struggle. 'John' uses a rhythmic beat to show his sin that he has made and to explain his desire to become servant of his lord. Urgency to try and relieve this sin that he has caused, is created by a series of alliterative and noisy verbs such as 'breake, blowe, burn'. 'John' challenges the responders understanding and knowledge in interoperating his uses of Paradox. 'Donne' represents his sin to be as like a marriage contract, 'Divorce mee, untie, or breake that knot againe'. A paradox is again used in the twelfth line where 'Donne' asks God to “imprison me” and then to set him free. This is likely what prompt 'Samuel Johnson' to criticize 'Donne' for his over use of conceits and wit. The use of the paradoxes captures the responder and the society to change their views and acknowledge one's perspective. Regardless of his eighteenth century...
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