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John Donne

As one of the most influential poets of his time, John Donne set the bar high for aspiring poets in many decades to come. Donne was born in London, England in 1572 into a devout Roman Catholic family. Donne was born during a time when practicing religion was illegal in England, but his family practiced anyway and avoided attention to be able to do so. Donne’s prominence in the Church of England was likely influenced by his upbringing, which in return highly influenced his poetry. Depictions of British...

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John Donne

1/01/00 English John Donne John Donne was a writer with exceptional talent and had an intense feeling about all that he wrote. In the beginning of his life he was a charming man who , was accepted by royalty because of his personality and writing ability. Having been employed by one of the queen's highly regarded men , he worked and associated with the high class royalty. Donne's life and job lead him to meet and eventually marry his employer's daughter. This couple caused scandal due...

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John Donne and Shakespeare

of ?Holy Sonnet XIV? by John Donne and ?Sonnet 130? by William Shakespeare John Donne and William Shakespeare both wrote a variety of poems that are both similar within the structure of a Sonnet but with very different content. This essay will compare two of their sonnets ? Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare and the Holy Sonnet by John Donne. John Donne?s poem is a personal sonnet in which John Donne questions his faith in God. It becomes clear from the sonnet that John Donne feels that he has been...

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John Donne and “The Bait”

John Donne and “The Bait” John Donne was born in 1572 into a Roman Catholic family. For most of his life he was an outsider, a Catholic in Protestant England. Yet, after traveling abroad and studying theology, Donne converted to the English church. During that time, some of his poems display his interest in and critiques of English society, as well as his quest for true religion. In 1596-97, Donne joins a military expedition against Catholic Spain, which inspired him to write two poems about life...

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john Donne

spiritual exaltation, and of Samadhi where the individual has a vision of the divine. Donne applies the feeling to the experience of the lovers and finds that the essence of love is not sex but an overpowering feeling of unity in diversity. In fact, true love is an activity of the soul. A new soul emanates from the two individual souls and makes the lover realize that love is, in its pure essence, spiritual. Donne has also interpreted love in a philosophic way. Love is an idea or a concept concretized...

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Literary Anaylisis John Donne

Literary Analysis of “Sweetest Love” by John Donne John Donne was believed to be one of the greatest poets and preachers of the 1600’s. He was very witty and educated, but also very emotional. These characteristics are very predominant in his writing (Stringer 1). This phenomenal poet, John Donne was born in the earlier part of 1572 in London. His parents were both very devout Roman Catholics, though he barely knew his father because he passed just before Donne turned four years old. Donne’s mother...

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John Donne and Reformation

[pic] [pic] John Donne was born in Bread Street, London in 1572 to a prosperous Roman Catholic family - a precarious thing at a time when anti-Catholic sentiment was rife in England. His father, John Donne, was a well-to-do ironmonger and citizen of London. Donne's father died suddenly in 1576, and left the three children to be raised by their mother, Elizabeth, who was the daughter of epigrammatist and playwright John Heywood and a relative of Sir Thomas More. [Family tree.] Donne's first...

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John Donne Poetry

JOHN DONNE, we sometimes forget, was an Elizabethan. Scholars do well to warn us against over-simplifying the pattern of literary change into a simple succession ofmovements and 'reactions', and to remind us that in periods of heightened vitality developments in different directions often exist side by side.1 By no means all of what we now consider typically Elizabethan poetry was in existence when Donne began to write. It remains true, nevertheless, that Donne chose to do something different...

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Metaphysical Poetry of John Donne

Kirsten Furnish AP Literature Mrs. Hendricks November 1, 2012 Literary Analysis of John Donne This examination of John Donne’s metaphysical poetry includes analysis of Donne’s use of topic, structure, scansion, style and theme. John Donne is known as one of the best writers of metaphysical poetry, a genre of poetry that is characterized specifically by themes of knowledge, intellect, and having a somewhat unrecognizable meter or rhyme. Metaphysical poetry forsakes pure and genial nature of other...

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John Donne as a Love Poet

John Donne (1572-1631) is considered the most prominent of all metaphysical poets, especially in the seventeenth century. Donne also spent some years as a lawyer, and as a preacher, earned a reputation for delivering enchanting sermons. Donne, as a love poet, wrote from personal experience, which fact made his poetry more accessible and compelling. His independent spirit was evident in his poems, to the point of him being called rebellious. His love poems were a remarkable conglomerate of divinity...

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