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  • john Donne - 1313 Words
    2.THE ECSTASY CRITICAL APPRECIATION It is a complex and metaphysical poem dealing with the twin aspects of love—physical and spiritual. Some critics like Legouis find in it a plan for seduction with emphasis on the physical nature of love, while others like Helen Gardner find in it an affirmation of spiritual love. In fact, it deals with the relationship of the body and the soul in love. What is ‘extasie’? ‘Extasie’ is essentially a religious experience in which the individual soul,...
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  • John Donne - 780 Words
    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...
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  • John Donne - 830 Words
    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...
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  • John Donne - 1385 Words
    John Donne is the name in English Literature who gave new direction to the literary activities of his age. He is in a sense founded the metaphysical lyric, which was practiced by scare of writers. As Dowden says, “We are told that in the decline of the greater poetry of the Elizabethan period, a metaphysical school arose and that John Donne was the founder or the first eminent member of this school.” John Donne set up a new tradition in versification by and large Donne must be regarded as an...
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  • John Donne - 650 Words
    Transcendental Love Most people long for love that transcends all others. John Donne’s poem “The Canonization” details this type of love. Love that people strive to attain because it is the love that all others will be measured by. This love is the work of an imagination but it is what the speaker in this poem believes he has. He compares it to being holy, the perfect love as evidenced by his idea that it should be canonized. His love is pure and is an example to the world of what love...
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  • John Donne - 3013 Words
    John Donne Multiple Choice Identify the letter of the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question. Comprehension The questions below refer to the selection “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning.” ____ 1. In plain English the title “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” means — |a. |a graduation speech commending the senior class | |b. |a greeting to a person who had been thought missing...
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  • John Donne - 1493 Words
    Outline I. Introduction A. Early Seventeenth Century Metaphysical Poetry II. The Life of John Donne A. Family Background B. Education and Study C. Henry's Death D. Anne More E. Life with his wife F. Holy Orders G. Death of Anne More H. Death of John Donne III. Donne's Writing A. Subjects i. Love ii. Religion iii. Death IV. My Favorite A. Since she whom I loved hath paid her last debt B. A look into sonnet XVII V. Conclusion In early seventeenth century English...
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  • Biography of John Donne - 3483 Words
    Biography of John Donne John Donne was an English poet, satirist, lawyer and priest. He is considered the pre-eminent representative of the metaphysical poets. His works are noted for their strong, sensual style and include sonnets, love poetry, religious poems, Latin translations, epigrams, elegies, songs, satires and sermons. His poetry is noted for its vibrancy of language and inventiveness of metaphor, especially compared to that of his contemporaries. Donne's style is characterised by...
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  • John Donne and William Shakespeare
    Both John Donne and William Shakespeare view death with their opinions and we can see the differences straight from their poem. First of all, in John Donne¡¯s Holy Sonnet 10, he says that death is death and that death will never go away unless everything is dead. Donne, the Poet is pocking at death. Death itself dies when we wake in God's arms, in heaven. "Though some have called thee / Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so" (line1 1-2). This shows how the speaker addresses death as a person...
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  • John Donne as a Metaphysical Poet
    John Donne as a metaphysical poet John Donne was the most outstanding of the English Metaphysical Poets and a churchman famous for his spellbinding sermons. His poetry is noted for its ingenious fusion of wit and seriousness and represents a shift from classical models toward a more personal style. Donne's poetry embraces a wide range of secular and religious subjects. He wrote cynical verse about inconstancy (for example, Go and catch a falling star and I can love both fair and brown);...
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  • John Donne (1572-1631)
    Donne(1572-1631) Biographical Facts -Born in a catholicfamily -Married Anne Moore in secret in 1601 -Converted to Anglican Church, became an Anglican priestand a dean at St. Paul -Two sides of his character: Jack Donne/ Dr. John Donne As the passionate lover he was always analytic, thoughtful, trying to dissect and explain his passion almost scientifically. As the divine, he approached God with the passion he had formerly shown to women : he addresses Christ with the fierceness of a...
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  • John Donnes Holy Sonnets
    The Holy Sonnets By making many references to the Bible, John Donne’s Holy Sonnets reveal his want to be accepted and forgiven by God. A fear of death without God’s forgiveness of sins is conveyed in these sonnets. Donne expresses extreme anxiety and fright that Satan has taken over his soul and God won’t forgive him for it or his sins. A central theme of healing and forgiveness imply that John Donne, however much he wrote about God and being holy, wasn’t such a holy man...
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  • The Canonization by John Donne - 825 Words
    The Canonization by John Donne Love is true and pure, a divine experience, a way to live more and to surpass even death. It is a sublime fantasy that is real and better than the material world. Love is life’s paradox. This is the idea that John Donne is expressing in the poem The Canonization. It is a reply as well as a declaration that the poet makes to the world- a world that treats lovers harshly. He scorns the worldly, he questions the inquisitive, he proves the myths true, he places his...
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  • john donne as a metaphysical poet
    Research Journal of English Language and Literature (RJELAL) A Peer Reviewed International Journal - http://www.rjelal.com RESEARCH ARTICLE Vol.1.Issue.4.;2013 ISSN 2321 – 3108 JOHN DONNE: THE LEGACY OF A METAPHYSICAL POET MD. KAWSER AHMED Lecturer, Department of English, Z.H. Sikder University of Science & Technology, Madhupur, Kartikpur, Bhedergonj, Shariatpur, Bangladesh ABSTRACT Article Info: Article Received:14/12/2013 Revised on:23/12/2013 Accepted for...
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  • John Donne and Reformation - 1418 Words
    [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...
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  • Critical Reception on John Donne
    The history of Donne's reputation is one of the most remarkable of any major writer in English; no other poet currently so admired has fallen from favor for so long and been so condemned as inept and crude. In the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, Donne's unpublished poetry was highly prized within his small literary circle. The first collection of Donne's poetry, titled simply Poems, was published two years after his death and prefaced with elegies by Izaak Walton, Thomas Carew,...
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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...
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  • John Donne Poetry Analysis
    John Donne Poetry Essay The metaphysical poets were segregated in the seventeenth century to form a new and distinct style of poetry that employed immaculate wit, complex metaphors and luminous imagery. John Donne’s poetry is no exception to the form and thematic volume of the metaphysicals. Donne explores ideas in a manner which some readers find confronting and enlightening through relentless use of metaphysical conceits and his direct address to an individual or god. Donne confronts and...
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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...
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  • John Donne Poetry - 1914 Words
    The Power of John Donne’s Poetry Louis Hunt John Carey’s description of Donne’s “power” is laudable, and to a certain extent, accurate. Carey captures the masculine nature of Donne’s tone; the vividness of Donne’s imagery; the subtle coercion of Donne’s metaphor. Carey also notes Donne’s application of syntax and rhythms, writing that Donne’s words, “are packed into the poems like boulders… Inversions and interjections fracture the run of the lines, necessitating a strenuous advance.”...
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  • John Donne Poetry - 674 Words
    '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...
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  • john donne and w;t
    Through the comparative study of John Donne's poetry and Margaret Edson's play W;t we are shown the individual context of both writers and their perspectives on relationships and death. Donne represents his assurance of life after death in his Holy Sonnets. Additional to this in his earlier poetry, his valuing of deep relationship being critical to the human experience is reflected by his renaissance belief. Edson's individual post-modern context is apparent in the appropriation and rewriting...
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  • John Donne selection - 299 Words
     How does Donne treat physical and spiritual love in his works? Answer: As a Metaphysical poet, Donne often uses physical love to evoke spiritual love. Indeed, this metaphysical conceit in much of the love poetry is not explicitly spelled out. To this end, Donne's poetry often suggests that the love the poet has for a particular beloved is greatly superior to others’ loves. Loving someone is as much a religious experience as a physical one, and the best love transcends mere physicality. In...
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  • “The Canonization” by John Donne
    “The Canonization” by John Donne Define canonize. 1 to declare (a deceased person) an officially recognized saint 2 to make canonical 3 to sanction by ecclesiastical authority 4 to attribute authoritative sanction or approval to 5 to treat as illustrious, preeminent, or sacred 6 Don’t know 1. How many steps? 5steps. 2. What does it mean to be beatified? to give a dead person a title of honor for being very good and holy Stanza 1 1 Presumably, what has been said to the...
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  • John Donne and Shakespeare - 1678 Words
    A comparison 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...
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  • John Donne - "The Apparition" Close-Reading
    John Donne – "The Apparition" In John Donne's poem, "The Apparition," the title tells us that the poem is about a person having an epiphany. We know this because the word "apparition," means "to become visible" or "an epiphany." In the opening lines of the poem, the speaker addresses his listener as a "murdresse." He then goes on to tell her that when she "thinkst" she is "free from all solicitation from" him, his "ghost will come to" her bed. This tells us that the speaker is a rejected...
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  • 'a Valediction: Forbidding Mourning' by John Donne
    ‘A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning’, according to Grierson, is the tenderest of Donne’s love poems. The principal theme of the poem is that lovers remain united even when they are physically separated. Donne proves his idea by argument, conceits, passion, and thought. It is believed that Donne left for France in 1611. He gave this poem to his wife at the time of his departure. The poet advises his wife not to mourn the temporary separation, because their love remains intact despite their...
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  • An Analysis of The Good Morrow by John Donne
    ENGLISH ESSAY: PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION TO LANGUAGE, TONE, AND ACTION WRITE A CRITICAL APPRECIATION OF ‘THE GOOD MORROW’ RELATING IT TO DONNES METHODS AND CONCERNS IN OTHER POEMS IN YOUR SELECTION. John Donne is renowned for his metaphysical poetry, and his poem ‘The Good Morrow’ is no exception. It is a prime example of one of Donne’s metaphysical poems as it contains many of the characteristics that commonly appear in his other poems of this sort of verse, such as realistic setting, and a theme...
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  • John Donne and W;t Essay
    Ideas and themes change according to the different times and the historical, social, cultural and personal context of the time they are written in, with the texts either reflecting or contrasting the ideas of that time. Death and mortality and the spiritual and emotional connections are themes that have evolved over time due to the different contexts. These themes are thematically central to John Donne’s poetry written in the 17th century and Margaret Edson’s 20th century play W;t. During the...
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  • An Analysis Of John Donne S Poetry
    Dalia Selman The Modern World Response Paper 3 01/02/2014 John Donne was an influential voice of religious devotion to Protestants. He was raised a catholic but changed his mind in the twenties and eventually become the priest of the Church of England. He spent most of his time at Saint Paul's Cathedral, which inspired much of his poetry and inspired "philosophic" meditation. Not only was he a devoted Protestant and Priest, he was an amazing poet, as well. In one of Donne's famous poems,...
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  • John Donne Essay for Hsc Students
    From your study of the poetry of John Donne, why do you think he is considered worthy of the study for HSC students today? The work of John Donne is complex poetic techniques that explore the spiritual, religious and metaphysical qualities of love. Different interpretations of his various types of literature can enlighten anyone on the subject of a physical love in contrast to a Petrarchan approach to love. These ideas and concepts can be seen in his poems “Batter my heart, three person’d...
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  • John Donne and His Holy Sonnet X
    UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA 27820 LITERATURA INGLESA II Holy Sonnet X: Death, be not proud John Donne John Donne (1572 – 1631) was an English poet of the early 17th century. He was also a satirist, a lawyer and a cleric of the Church of England. Born in a Roman Catholic family, he became an Anglican priest as King James I ordered so. He is considered to be the representative of the metaphysical poets along with George Herbert or Andrew Marvell among others. This metaphysical poetry...
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  • John Donne - The Flea and Batter my Heart
    Good morning/afternoon to the members of the ETA. The ETA should keep John Donne’s poetry on the curriculum because his works are noted for their strong and bodily style. “The Flea” by John Donne should be studied because John Donne is a very unique metaphysical poet. Donne is exceptionally good at creating unusual unions between different elements to illustrate his point and form a persuasive argument in his poems. In “The Flea”, we find the use of conceit where the Flea is thought to be...
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  • How John Donne Showed His Love
    How John Donne Showed his Love John Donne’s poetry has been both ridiculed and praised. One reason for the ridicule is due to the fact that many people believe his work is vulgar, and his discussion of sex may seem improper to some people. Even in this modern age some people may find it a bit offensive. You can imagine what people thought of it in the sixteenth century. His discussion of sex in this “disgusting” manner is more obvious and prevalent in his...
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  • THE MAIN FEATURES OF THE METAPHYSICAL POETRY ILLUSTRATED BY JOHN DONNE
     THE MAIN FEATURES OF THE METAPHYSICAL POETRY ILLUSTRATED BY JOHN DONNE The term "metaphysical poetry" is used to describe a certain type of 17th century poetry. Metaphysical poetry is concerned with the whole experience of man. It means that the poetry is about showing knowledge and thoughts from different areas of experience, especially about love, romantic and sensual; about man's relationship with God and about pleasure, learning...
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  • Summary and Analysis of the Sunne Rising by John Donne
    1/28/13 John Donne: Poems Study Guide : Summary and Analysis of "The Sunne Rising" | GradeSaver Gas Analysis – Setaram www.setaram.com First choice for gas analysis & thermal analysis coupling John Donne: Poems Summary and Analysis by John Donne Summary and Analysis of "The Sunne Rising" Buy PDF Buy Paperback "The Sunne Rising" The poet asks the sun why it is shining in and disturbing him and his lover in bed. The sun should go away and do other things rather than disturb...
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  • In "The Sun Rising," by John Donne, there are many metaphysical characteristics.
    In "The Sun Rising," by John Donne, there are many metaphysical characteristics. These characteristics are made up primarily of paradoxes and conceits. The theme also contributes to these metaphysical characteristics. The paradoxes are spread out thought the entire poem. The first is "Why dost thou thus, / Through windows and through curtains, call on us" (line 2-3). This is because the sun doesn't call on anyone; this is also personification because the sun is given speech, a characteristic of...
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  • An analysis of John Donnes' "A Valediction: Forbidden Mourning"
    In the poem "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning", by John Donne, the speaker is consoling his lover who is mournful of the speaker's imminent departure. The speaker is saying that since they have stronger than ordinary love for one another, their love will endure the separation. Donne uses metaphysical conceits and comparative imagery to illustrate the crux of the poem. The speaker is reassuring his lover by reminding her of how great their love is; it transcends the physical and therefore will...
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  • John Donne and W; T Comparative Essay
    A text is essentially a product of its context, as its prevailing values are inherently derived by the author from society. However, the emergence of post-modern theories allows for audience interpretation, thus it must be recognised that meaning in texts can be shaped and reshaped. Significantly, this may occur as connections between texts are explored. These notions are reflected in the compostion of Edson’s W;t and Donne’s poetry as their relationship is established through intertextual...
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  • Annotation John Donne s Holy Sonnet IX
    Annotation John Donne’s Holy Sonnet IX Holy Sonnet IX If poisonous minerals, and if that tree, Whose fruit threw death on (else immortal) us, If lecherous goats, if serpents envious Cannot be dammed, alas ! why should I be ? Why should intent or reason, born in me, Make sins, else equal, in me more heinous ? And, mercy being easy, and glorious To God, in His stern wrath why threatens He ? But who am I, that dare dispute with Thee ? O God, O ! of Thine only worthy blood, And my tears, make a...
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  • Explication of “Divine Sonnet X” by John Donne
    John Donne’s sonnet entitled “Divine Sonnet X” looks closely at death and Donne fervently writes about his views on death and his strong belief that death should not be feared, but embraced. Donne personifies death all throughout his poem as he challenges death by stating that death is not the “mighty and dreadful” part of life that most people fear, but rather an escape from life where people can be at peace like they are when they are sleeping. Donne is literally conversing with death, and...
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  • Comparative essay of two John Donne poems
     Comparative essay on two poems: A Feaver & The Flea By John Donne Introduction: John Donne is remembered today as one of the leading interpreters of a style of poetic verse known as “metaphysical poetry,” which flourished in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.1 Metaphysical poetry usually employs unusual verse forms, complex figures of speech that are applied to create elaborate and surprisingly unorthodox metaphorical examples, and learned themes...
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  • Metaphysical Poetry: John Donne "Holy Sonnet 10"
    Holy Sonnet 10 Although Elizabethan times are characterized by romantic and highly ornamented poetry devoted to the exploration of the human feelings, there was also a group of bold poets in the 17th Century who took their words to a rather analytical side of the abstracts aspects of life. John Donne, one of Metaphysical Poetry’s main figures, stands out for his choice of simple words to approach more complex themes of life. In ‘‘Holy Sonnet 10’’, Donne brings Death to human level in which he...
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  • John Donne Life Stages Through Facts and His Poems
    John Donne was a poet of XVI century. As a poet, he often wrote about love, influence by the stages of his life. He is often referred to as the chief of Metaphysical poetry, a specific type of writing. John’s life was tormented, and this can be felt within his writing. His life as a poet can be divided into three defined stages. Those stages represent the change of personality and his mind growth, and his growth as an individual and as a lover. The first stage, characterized him as a wild...
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  • The Poetry of John Donne Presents Unexpected Perspectives on the Human Experience
    TOPIC: “The poetry of John Donne presents unexpected perspectives on human experience.” Discuss with reference to at least three poems. The use of unorthodox poetic imagery conveys equally unconventional notions of the human experience in Donne’s poetry. Through static images and exaggerated similes, satirical or humorous effects are expressed as each poem provides an insight into divergent facets of human existence. Established ideas are challenged by largely innocuous lines of reasoning, as...
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  • Comparative Study of Texts - Module a (Hsc) - W; T and John Donne
    Despite the differences in context, a comparative study of the poetry of John Donne and Margaret Edson’s play, ‘W;t’, is essential for a more complete understanding of the values and ideas presented in ‘W;t’. Discuss this with close reference to both texts. When deconstructing the text ‘W;t’, by Margaret Edson, a comparative study of the poetry of John Donne is necessary for a better conceptual understanding of the values and ideas presented in Edson’s ‘W;t’. Through this comparative...
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  • Donne Essay - 1066 Words
    By comparatively analysing the connections between texts, a responder’s understanding of intrinsic human concerns are outwardly enhanced. Edson’s play “W;t” is a manifestation of the Selected Poetry of John Donne, and explores the analogous notions of redemption through self-examination and the need for human relationships. A responder, when taking both Edson and Donne’s work as one, understands the timelessness of human concerns. Hence, there can be no doubt, that fundamental to any comparative...
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  • Wit and Donne - 1571 Words
    Connections enrich understanding in pairs of texts set for study. To what extent is this made evident in the texts you have studied? Connections between John Donne’s Selective Poems and Margaret Edson’s play Wit to a great extent enrich the audiences understanding of each text and the themes of death and love. When these texts are studied together it is evident through continual intertextual reference that Donne has heavily influenced the play Wit. Although the texts differ contextually, with...
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  • Unchartered Territory: a Discussion of Originality in the Works of the 17th Century Poets John Donne and John Milton
    Unchartered Territory: A Discussion of Originality in the Works of 17th Century Poets John Donne and John Milton In a century that produced some of the English language’s greatest authors, poets John Donne and John Milton have emerged as two of the most significant. They both possess a deep intelligence and Orthodox Christianity from which flows their poetry of 17th century England. Little else, however, marks their work as similar. Milton’s use of ancient form and method associates him...
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  • Donne as a Distinctive Poet - 15707 Words
    Submitted to: Ms. Sabahat Mushtaq Subject: Classical Poetry Topic: “Distinctive Qualities of Donne as a Poet” Submitted by: Ambreen Naqvi (11014237-1006) M.A English Fall 2011 1st Semester Content  Introduction • John Donne • The Age of Donne • Life History • Major Works  Donne As A Metaphysical Poet • Metaphysical poetry • Love Poetry • Divine Poetry  Donne’s...
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  • Metaphysical Poets and Donne - 1680 Words
    The poem tenderly comforts the speaker's lover at their temporary parting, asking that they separate calmly and quietly, without tears or protests. The speaker justifies the desirability of such calmness by developing the ways in which the two share a holy love, both sexual and spiritual in nature. Donne's celebration of earthly love in this way has often been referred to as the "religion of love," a key feature of many other famous Donne poems, such as "The Canonization" and The Ecstasy. Donne...
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  • Shakespeare vs Donne - 375 Words
    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...
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  • Metaphysical Poetry and Jhon Donne
    Q. Define metaphysical poetry, its characteristics and John Donne as a metaphysical poet. The concept metaphysical deals with the philosophical view of the nature of things. Metaphysical poetry is often mentioned as poetry inspired by a philosophical concept of the universe and the role assigned to the human spirit in the great drama of existence. Metaphysical poetry is involved with the whole experience of man, but the intelligence, learning and seriousness of the poets. Metaphysical poetry...
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  • Holy Sonnets and Donne - 973 Words
    Throughout Margaret Edson’s post modern drama, a plethora of implicit and explicit connections to John Donne’s metaphysical poetry are illuminated through the characterisation of Vivian Bearing as she lives through Donne. John Donne has been abducted to the sterilized academic world of ‘publish or perish’, along with the myriad central values of enduring themes that engulf the audience due to their prevailing ability to transcend contextual barriers. The connections shared between Donne’s...
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  • Donne and W; T Speech
    “John Donne’s poetry stands alone.. But W;t is nothing without it’s connection to Donne”.. Good morning teachers and students, today I will be speaking about the connections between the poetry of the metaphysical poet John Donne, and the play wit, by American playwright Margaret Edson. To say that w;t is nothing without its connection to Donne shows the fact that Donne’s poetry had a major influence into the workings of Edson’s play. W;t is nothing without it’s connection to Donne? Why...
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  • Suffering and Identity in Donne and Wit
    One’s identity may be questioned when suffering; ultimately suffering is what creates one’s sense of self or what destroys it. The poetry of John Donne and the play W;t, 1993, by Margaret Edson, both illustrate and explore a sense of suffering and identity. In John Donne’s poetry, suffering, both emotionally and physically allows the speaker to understand their identity in more depth, in comparison to Margaret Edson’s play, W;t, Vivian’s suffering leads her identity to be stripped away. In...
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  • Eliot vs Donne - Vehicle for Emotions
    Poetry is often the vehicle for expressing emotion. In the work of at least two poets you have studied, explore the ways in which you have seen poets writing about feelings in an artistic and effective way. John Donne indeed uses poetry as a vehicle for expressing emotions towards a variety of subject matter, however particularly with reference to his lover, to God and to death. Donne documents his confidence in his emotions towards his lover in “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning”....
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  • An Analysis of John Donne's \ - 637 Words
    Melissa Brooks English 12 Honors Mrs. Nelson April 4, 2005 An Analysis of John Donne's "Death, Be Not Proud" In John Donne's poem "Death, Be Not Proud," the speaker directly attacks Death. The speaker does not fear Death because of his strong faith in God. Once being an Anglican Minister, Donne, brings his readers to the conclusion, Death is not to be feared. Donne uses his "characteristic metaphysical wit" in the poetic devices he chooses. By using different poetic devices, Donne,...
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  • John Donne's Song - 1128 Words
    In Song, John Donne demonstrates the impossibility of finding the perfect female—being both honest and attractive, using metaphysical contrasts and a gentle, mocking tone. The poem, with its quiet yet bitter cynicism of women, reflect the underlying theme of many of Donne's other works in which he blames the evilness of women for his pain and heartbreak. The first stanza of the poem is a list of impossible tasks—all of which Donne compares to finding an honest, good woman. The poem begins with...
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  • Analysis of "John Donne's" "The Flea"
    Phillip Hassoun English 1102 Dr.Thomason 03/14/12 Analysis: The Flea, By: John Donne Most of John Donne’s work during his time frame was usually seen as being vulgar or too much, usually for the sexual themes he put behind them. But being the witty and clever author John Donne was, it is by no surprise that most people raise their eye brows after reading his poem titled The Flea. In the poem, he makes the unusual connection between a flea and sex between couples. Using a metaphysical...
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  • An Analysis: John Donne's Life and Satires
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