Shakespeare vs Donne

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I. Opening Paragraph
1. elements in British poetry remain constant
2. William Shakespeare and John Donne
a. common themes of love and adoration
3. environment and customs affect a poet's work

II. Renaissance and 18th Century Comparisons
1.Renaissance
a.drinking, gambling, gossip, theater
b.Puritanism, a Calvinist attitude within the Anglican church c.issued a fine for not conforming to the established religion; not going to Protestant services d.betrothal: the two people join hands. Man gives her a ring to be worn on the right hand. Changes to the left at the wedding. Seal the contract with a kiss. Can be terminated by mutual consent. e.marriage: considered foolish to marry for love. Marry young, have children. 1.wedding customs: crying the banns, the bridal procession, contract, dowry, jointure, rings 2.18th Century

a.church was a necessary part of the government of England
b.rapid inflation, loss of real wages
c.rising middle class/falling nobles
d.glorious revolution
1.king and parliament would work together - limited monarcy: kings recognizing prerogatives of parliament, but also rights of people as a whole: Bill of Rights of 1689

III. William Shakespeare
1.born in April, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
2.parents: John and Mary Shakespeare
3.attended Stratford Grammar School
4.married Anne Hathaway on November 28, 1582
5.three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith

IV. John Donne
1.born in Bread Street, London in 1572 to prosperous Roman Catholic family 2.at age of 11, Donne entered into Hart Hall, University of Oxford, where he studied for three years 3.1593, Donne's brother Henry died of a fever in prison

4.1601, sat in Queen Elizabeth's last Parliament. in the same year, he secretly married Lady Egerton's niece, seventeen-year-old Anne More 5.died in London on March 31, 1631

V. Poety Analysis
1. Shakespeare's "Sonnet 30"
a. past failures, sadness, woe.
b. then...
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