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  • Metaphysical Poets - 5733 Words
    METAPHYSICAL POETRY Metaphysical poetry, a term generally applied to the works of a group of English poets of the seventeenth century who wrote poetry in dramatic and conversational in rhythm in tone, intriguing and complex in theme and idea. Metaphysical poetry is also rich in striking and unusual imagery chosen from philosophy, theology, the arts, crafts and sciences. Metaphysical poems were also known as lyrical poems which are brief but intense meditations, characterized by striking use...
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  • Metaphysical Poets - 1611 Words
    Amanda Taylor English 1101 Dr. Marla J. Fowler 8-5-12 Metaphysical Poets The term metaphysical poets was coined by the poet and critic Samuel Johnson to describe a loose group of British lyric poets of the 17th century, whose work was characterized by the inventive use of conceits, and by speculation about topics such as love or religion. These poets were not formally affiliated; most of them did not even know or read each other (Wikipedia)....
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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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  • john donne as a metaphysical poet
    Research Journal of English Language and Literature (RJELAL) A Peer Reviewed International Journal - 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 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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  • The Metaphysical and Cavalier Poets - 439 Words
    Poetry isn't just rhyming couplets. Many styles of writing covering various themes, and originating from many historical periods, can be classified as poetry. The thematic content and stylistic characteristics of Cavalier poetry and metaphysical poetry often cause comparison between the two styles. However, similarities like their thematic concern with love and their prominence during the 17th century are outnumbered by their differences. Other People Are Reading Different Styles of Rhyming...
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  • Andrew Marvell: A Famous Metaphysical Poet
    Andrew Marvell was a famous Metaphysical Poet. Marvell lived from 1621 to 1678 and made a few accomplishments, his poem has unique style and theme for his time, and his poem contains a deep analysis. He wrote several love poems; “To His Coy Mistress” was one of his most unusual poems for the time in history which he lived. Born on March 31, 1621, in Winestead-in-Holderness, Yorkshire, England Marvell was the son of an Anglican clergy man. He attended Hull Grammar school, and at the age of 12...
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  • BA(H) Part-2 English Literature-1The Metaphysical Poets
    The Uncanny Power of the Metaphysical Conceit . / / ABSTRACT The conceit originally means a concept or an image. It is in general a figure of speech that presents striking parallel between two different things or situations. The history of English poetry witnessed the adaptation of two types of conceit: the petrarchan conceit and the metaphysical conceit. This paper sheds lights on the second type of conceit which was mainly employed by John Donne (1572-1631) and the other...
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  • Metaphysical Poetry - 532 Words
    Metaphysical poets The metaphysical poets is a term coined by the poet and critic John Dryden to describe a loose group of British lyric poets of the 17th century, whose work was characterized by the inventive use of conceits, and by speculation about topics such as love or religion. These poets were not formally affiliated; most of them did not even know or read each other. Their style was characterized by wit and metaphysical conceits—far-fetched or unusual similes or metaphors, such as...
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  • Metaphysical Poetry - 3218 Words
    The Dynamic Image in Metaphysical Poetry Author(s): Alice Stayert Brandenburg Reviewed work(s): Source: PMLA, Vol. 57, No. 4 (Dec., 1942), pp. 1039-1045 Published by: Modern Language Association Stable URL: . Accessed: 05/03/2013 12:52 Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions of Use, available at . . JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars,...
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  • Metaphysical Poems - 785 Words
    Metaphysical Poets John Donne and Andrew Marvell were considered metaphysical poets based on their use of conceit and wit in depicting similar situations through different metaphors. They would use original analogies to create fitting and insightful comparisons, usually to persuade. John Donne and Andrew Marvell have been called metaphysical poets. This is a,” name given to a group of English lyric poets of the 17th century” (Metaphysical poets)” The term metaphysical poets came to be used...
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  • Metaphysical Poetry - 478 Words
    Introduction This study guide has been written for students taking GCE Advanced level English literature. It is suitable for undergraduates and the general reader who is interested in the study of poetry. This guide was originally written to cover a selection of poems prescribed as a set text for exam, but can be used as a way in to the study of metaphysical poetry generally. The poems considered explicitly here are these: by John Donne, The Good-Morrow, The Sunne Rising, The Anniversarie,...
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  • Metaphysical Poetry of Andrew Marvell
    HOW HAS THE COMPOSER OF THE TEXTS YOU HAVE STUDIED CAPTURED INTENSE HUMAN EXPERIENCE AND ENGAGED YOUR RESPONSE AS A READER? Andrew Marvell was a well renowned metaphysical poet who posed questions concerning the ideological and theological. Metaphysics is defined as a highly abstract branch of philosophy, concerned with the underlying structure of reality that exists beyond the realm of the physical world and our immediate senses. The Renaissance period was a time that openly accepted new...
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  • Study notes on Metaphysical Poetry.
    (from a variety of sources) Metaphysical Poetry Metaphysical poetry arose as a reaction to the extremes of Petrarchism; one problem with Petrarchan poems is a kind of predictability-the conceit is found, presented, & elaborated, but there are few subsequent surprises. Donne and his followers like to catch us off-guard, change direction, etc., to foil expectations. Metaphysical poetry is, in general, characterized by its ingenuity, intellectuality, and frequent obscurity. In terms of subject...
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  • Metaphysical Poetry(Part 1)
    Metaphysical Poetry The term ‘metaphysical poets’ came into being long after the the poets, to whom it is applied, were dead. What later came to be known as ‘metaphysical poetry’ was referred to, by contemporaries, as ‘strong lived’- a term which meant something more than the poet’s fondness for indulging in nice speculations of philosophy. A metaphysical poem tends to be brief, and is always closely woven. Marvell, under the metaphor of a Coronet characterizes his own art precisely in The...
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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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  • Characteristics of Metaphysical Poetry - 889 Words
    What is a metaphysical poem? Metaphysical poetry is concerned with the whole experience of man, but the intelligence, learning and seriousness of the poets means that the poetry is about the profound areas of experience especially - about love, romantic and sensual; about man's relationship with God - the eternal perspective, and, to a less extent, about pleasure, learning and art. Metaphysical poems are lyric poems. They are brief but intense meditations, characterized by striking use of...
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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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  • 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 And Cavalier Poetry Sg 201
    Metaphysical and Cavalier Poetry I. 17th Century Metaphysical Poetry: What is metaphysical poetry? What are its (6) characteristics? What is Platonic Love? How does this concept play into metaphysical poetry? Who first coined the term “metaphysical poet”? What have critics said about these poets? II. Cavalier Poetry:...
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  • Metaphysical Poetry - the Flea + Sune Rising
    Metaphysical poets use startling juxtapositions in their poetry to create a greater significance in their arguments and intended meanings throughout the poem. John Donne is said to be the unsurpassed metaphysical poet, metaphysical poetry being poetry relating to a group of 17-century English poets whose verse is typified by an intellectually arduous style, admitting extended metaphors and comparing very disparate things. In 17th century England new discoveries were being made and social customs...
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     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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  • 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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  • Metaphysical Poetry by Carlos Daniel Cervantes-Perez
     The Five Metaphysical Elements By Carlos Daniel Perez God Speaking On Nature I am God, the maker of nature. I formed it all from mountains to creatures. I will only speak on nature alone, Because is what I have made my own. Nature is rather strong. Nature is rarely wrong. It can be ugly beauty, But provides fruit that’s fruity. Nature is unanimously smart. And always has the greater part Nature is always true Nature is the color of sky blue Nature is...
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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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  • The use of metaphysical conceit in John Donne’s poem A Valediction Forbidding Mourning
     The use of metaphysical conceit in John Donne’s poem A Valediction Forbidding Mourning John Donne was renowned for his use of metaphysical conceit in his poems to convey thoughts through imagery and alternate objects. This article focuses on the numerous aspects of conceits in the poem “A Valediction Forbidding Mourning”, and how they help to communicate meanings using the poignant metaphors. When it comes to metaphysical conceit, there is a need to realize the relations between the...
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  • Study notes on Cavalier Poetry and Cavalier Poets: Herrick, Carew, Lovelace
    The Cavalier Poets The term "cavalier poets" is used to denote a group of poets closely associated with the court of Charles I. The best representatives are Robert Herrick, Thomas Carew, and Richard Lovelace. (Andrew Marvell is sometimes associated with the cavaliers and sometimes with metaphysical poets). They were also known as "sons of Ben" because they spent a lot of time with Ben Jonson, after whose poetry they modeled their own. Another influence was John Donne, the "father" of...
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  • Metaphysical poetry and the Concept of 'Carpe Diem'- Donne's "To His Mistress Going to Bed" and Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress"
    THE METAPHYSICAL POETS BELIEVED IN SEIZING THE DAY. DISCUSS WITH REFERENCE TO TWO POEMS In defiance of, and in gesture of confrontation to, a conservative, paternalistic, and religious world, the metaphysical poets John Donne and Andrew Marvell present a new mode of thinking; one not governed by the hope of heaven, but by faith in the flesh. The poetry highlights and reinforces the spontaneity of lust while underscoring the fact of human mortality. Challenge conventions and conservative...
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  • Compare and contrast Donne's "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" and Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress," also include the idea of metaphysical poetry in the comparison.
    Donne's "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" and Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress" are identical and contradictory in many respects. Although "A Valediction" concentrates on the comfort of love on parting and "To His Coy Mistress" contemplates about sexual love and the briefness of life, both exemplify characteristics of metaphysical poetry. Metaphysical poetry is about the profound areas of experience, especially about love, romantic and sensual, and, to a lesser extent, about pleasure, learning,...
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  • One of the Main Characteristics of Metaphysical Poetry Is Its Reliance on Bizarre and Unexpected Imagery and Symbolism. Discuss These Characteristics with Reference to Two Poems You Have Studied.
    John Donne’s poetry conveys the message that metaphysical poetry is dependent on unpredicted imagery and symbolism. This is expressed through A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning and The Canonization. The usage of Sexual ecstasy, the microcosmic and macrocosmic and odd connotations with love are the main characteristics of John Donne’s metaphysical poetry. Sexual Ecstasy is concealed behind religious enlightenment. This is expressed in The Valediction: Forbidding Mourning. The “profanation of...
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  • Edward Taylor - 622 Words
    Among the many types of poetry in early American literature, metaphysical poetry was a style in which Edward Taylor chose to write. Edward Taylor was born in 1642 in England into a Puritan background. Metaphysical poetry was first introduced in 1744 by Samuel Johnson. Before Edward Taylor was even born, other great poets such as John Donne, George Herbert, Henry Vaughn, and Andrew Marvell had already lived and died. Although all of these poets had already came before him, Edward Taylor became...
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  • jacobian era - 4388 Words
    The Jacobean Era, Cromwell, and the Restoration Elizabethan literature generally reflects the exuberant self-confidence of a nation expanding its powers, increasing its wealth, and thus keeping at bay its serious social and religious problems. Disillusion and pessimism followed, however, during the unstable reign of James I (1603–25). The 17th cent was to be a time of great upheaval—revolution and regicide, restoration of the monarchy, and, finally, the victory of Parliament, landed...
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  • Discuss John Donne's Use of Conceits
    John Donne is arguably the most famous metaphysical poet. His works focus on love, religion and sexuality. However it is how he composed his poetry that allows us to dub his work as metaphysical. Metaphysical poets used various techniques that where novel and daring. Illicit love, conceits, puns and broad satire of relevant topical politics. This essay will answer how donne’s work is metaphysical, focusing on his use of conceits in the flea and A Valediction: forbidding Mourning. The Norton...
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  • Close Reading: John Donne's "The Sun Rising"
    UNMDP-FH Depto. de Lenguas Modernas Profesorado de Inglés English Literature Close Reading “The Sun Rising” By John Donne Student: SALADINO, Luciana Andrea Reg #: 15776/06 THE SUN RISING[1] by John Donne BUSY old fool, unruly Sun, Why dost thou thus, Through windows, and through curtains, call on us ? Must to thy motions lovers' seasons run ? Saucy pedantic wretch, go chide Late school-boys and sour prentices, Go tell court-huntsmen that...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • george herbert - 2408 Words
    George Herbert (3 April 1593 – 1 March 1633) was a Welsh-born English poet, orator and Anglican priest. Herbert's poetry is associated with the writings of the metaphysical poets, and he is recognized as "a pivotal figure: enormously popular, deeply and broadly influential, and arguably the most skillful and important British devotional lyricist."[ George Herbert as a Religious poet George Herbert as a Religious poet George Herbert is considered as a religious poet because of the subject...
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  • Use of Motifs in John Donne’s Poetry
    ASSIGNMENT#1 USE OF MOTIFS IN JOHN DONNE’S POETRY John Donne uses a number of motifs, geographical and geometrical shapes, and discoveries etc. as metaphysical conceits in his poetry. Sometimes these are used to express his intensity of love, while sometimes these are used to compare and ultimately prove the superiority of his love. The different motifs used by John Donne are discussed below with references from his various poems. Donne's fascination with spheres can be understood by...
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  • The Bait - Poem Analysis - 2767 Words
    The Bait - DIDLS Analysis The Bait, a poem written by metaphysical poet, John Donne, during the early seventeenth century, tells the story of a woman whose physical attractiveness and coquettish behaviour prove destructive as they succeed in ruining her chances of finding a pure and meaningful relationship. This poem is recounted from the point of view of a man whom, amongst many other men, has pursued this woman and become emotionally hurt in the process as he finds her actions, in...
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  • An analysis - 1889 Words
     An Analysis of Metaphysical Religious Poetry In this essay the metaphysical religious poetry of the seventeenth century is explored. This essay argues that the imagery in the poems of John Donne, George Herbert and Andrew Marvell contributes to themes of struggle and acceptance. Initially, this essay discusses the religious context their poems were written in, and then it presents an analyses of their poetry as metaphysical works. In this analysis the imagery each poet used, as well as the...
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  • A Tearful Lover - 1413 Words
    Ronak Ahmady Ahangar Professor S. Ahmad-zadeh English Poetry December 2012 A Tearful Lover An Essay on John Donne’s “A Valediction: of Weeping” INTRODUCTION John Donne, the famous metaphysical poet, was born in 1572 and was the son of a well-to-do London merchant and received Catholic teachings in childhood but after being denied two university degrees decided to convert to Protestantism in order to be able to excel in the highly Protestant society. According to Drabble he was later ordained...
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  • Freedom From Slavery - 1399 Words
    Freedom from Slavery Metaphysical poetry arose in the 17th century and was adopted by John Donne who wrote poems that featured topics such as love, life, and God. As a result, Donne had become the leading poet of Metaphysical poetry, but it was not soon after that that a poet named George Herbert associated himself with parallel metaphysical topics, God, most importantly. Both Herbert and Donne effectively depict the relationship and power dynamic between the creator and the creation. In...
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  • Mushtaq Gohar Papers - 2363 Words
    ISSN-L: 2223-9553, ISSN: 2223-9944 Vol. 4 No. 2 March 2013 Academic Research International DONNE’S METAPHYSICAL POETRY: A NEW THEORY OF LOVE Mushtaq Ahmad Department of English, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, PAKISTAN. ABSTRACT Generally, Donne is read and taught as a metaphysical poet and not a theorist. The paper aims to present Donne as a theorist of love, and discusses multidimensional aspects of his theory implicitly presented in his poetry. Through...
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  • A Valediction Forbidden Mourning - 1173 Words
    Donovan Gaillard Professor Name Class Name 10 March 2014 A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning by John Donne In 1572, John Donne, an English poet was born in London, England in the year 1572.Due to his family believing in the Roman Catholic Tradition; he attended Trinity College at a very young age. Because of this tradition, John displayed the knowledge and laws of religion in majority of his works. However, in 1621, he converted to the Church of England, taking up teaching, thus becoming a...
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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 - 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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  • In Valediction: Forbidding Mourning - 1545 Words
    In Valediction: Forbidding Mourning, please explain the conceit in the poem, which is found in stanzas 7 - 9. John Donne cleverly uses one of the most famous of metaphysical conceits in stanza seven of "A Valediction Forbidding Mourning." A metaphysical conceit is like an extended metaphor, in which the poet compares to extremely different objects; usually the comparison involves an abstract concept or emotion, like love, and some other completely random object. John Donne's conceit in...
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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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  • the mystic drum - 10081 Words
    University of Massachusetts Boston ScholarWorks at UMass Boston Africana Studies Faculty Publication Series Africana Studies 1-1-2011 ‘The Mystic Drum’: Critical Commentary on Gabriel Okara’s Love Lyrics Chukwuma Azuonye University of Massachusetts Boston, Follow this and additional works at: Part of the African Languages and Societies Commons, Comparative Literature Commons, and the English Language...
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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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  • Critical Commentary on 'to His Coy Mistress'
    Critical Commentary Andrew Marvell’s ‘To His Coy Mistress’ embodies the male craving for intercourse, as in the poem the narrator tries to convince a woman to have sex with him. The poem is abounded with metaphysical conceits and really depicts the theme of carpe diem. With the exploitation of numerous motifs, compelling imagery and its rhythm, Marvell is able to construct a very influential argument. Initially, Marvell uses the metaphysical conceit to compliment the woman as a means of...
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  • The theme of John Donne's The Good-Morrow
    The Theme of John Donne’s The Good-Morrow: Love, Depth and Devotion, Triumphs over all Earthly Mutability and Morality . John Donne’s The Good Morrow is a characteristic metaphysical poem which deals with the theme of love a strong and true passion of love. After this souls walking up the lover and the beloved are consumed with the passion of love and they became one. In fact, oneness in love triumph over all earthly mutability and morality and shines ever in mutual attachment a love which...
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  • To His Coy Mistress: Beneath the Romance
    Few would argue that on the surface level of Marvel's "To His Coy Mistress" the speaker is a lover advancing a conventional 'carpe diem' line of thought. He systematically reasons with his desired object about the futility of delaying their interlude when the hours available to them are limited, but the lyric may simultaneously function as a metaphor for Marvel's endeavors as a metaphysical poet. Metaphysical writers view poetry as an intellectual exercise, an opportunity to develop ideas in a...
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  • The Good Morrow - 497 Words
    John Donne is a famous metaphysical poet. He is the founder of the metaphysical school of poetry. So he is often called the father of metaphysical poetry. He is a religious poet. He is also a great love poet. Metaphysical poetry is a type of poetry which deals with abstract or philosophical subjects. The most noticeable qualities of this type of poetry are the use of conceit, obscurity of idea, extravagance of expression and abrupt beginning. The poetry is intellectual, analytical, psychological...
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  • A Valediction Forbidding Mourning vs. to the Virgins to Make Much of Time
    A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning vs. To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning by John Donne and To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time by Robert Herrick share similar writing forms and speakers, however, their symbolism and themes remain different. Herrick’s poem discusses the shortness of the human lifespan, optimistically emphasizing the idea of carpe diem, “seize the day”. On the other hand, Donne’s poem deals with a more serious subject, the separation of...
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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 Anaylitical Approach to John Donne's "The Apparition"
    John Donne was to most, considered a metaphysical poet, or a poet who finds their inspiration on expressing the world not as it would be universally revealed but in the world as science and philosophy account it. The poem "The Apparition" lacks many of the general characteristics that distinguish metaphysical poetry but continues to be classified as a metaphysical representation (Norton, 1). "The Apparition" contains at least three transformations of feeling. The manifestation success of this...
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  • A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning 2
    Donne’s powerful abstract conceit in “A Valediction: Forbidding mourning”, ‘as stiff twin compasses are two’ astonishes readers of the deep and thoughtful analysis of an everyday object which is typical of Donne’s intellectual approach to such concerns as love, companionship and death. The poem begins with a struggle of breath as the reader is forced to pause momentarily as commas and columns are intentionally used to draw a halt, ‘the breath goes now, and some say, no:’ echoing the breathing...
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  • The Good Morrow - 286 Words
    ‘The Good Morrow’ is John Donne’s most celebrated love poem where he has shed light upon the strength, beauty and immortality of true love which can only be achieved when the body and soul are not divorced but in perfect harmony. The poem starts with the befuddlement of early morning consciousness which leads to spiritual awakening triggered by physical union. Critical Analysis: “The Good-Morrow” is an excellent piece of metaphysical poetry. John Donne has written it as a comparatively early...
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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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  • '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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  • Donne's View of Death in Meditation Xvii
    DONNE’S VIEW OF DEATH IN MEDITATION XVII The stylistic features filled with nature imagery and florid ornament during the Elizabethan Age disappeared after the Queen’s death and the poems during the reigns of James I and Charles I came to be concentrated on colloquial and plain style. The main difference was that poetry was no longer romantic. Poets like John Donne became to be known as ‘metaphysical poets’. The term ‘metaphysical’ refers to the use of intellectual and theological concepts in...
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  • Early American Literature - 2005 Words
    American Literature begins in the early 1600's with the written works of the new settlers coming from Europe to the New Land of America. Although the Indians lived in America before the first Europeans arrived; their literature was somewhat neglected due to it being transmitted orally with no written works. The American writings of the early seventeenth century possess no great artistic value; they are mainly valuable as a study in origins and understanding America's early experience. During...
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  • A Valediction Forbidding Mourning: Lyric Poem
    The title of this lyric poem is ‘ A valediction forbidding mourning’ - written by John Donne - in the first person point of view. The speaker is a man and most likely a saint who would not participate in acts that are profane. A valediction is a farewell message. As seen in the title, forbids his wife from sorrowing over their separation, the poet decides to present reasons why his embassy to France will not occasion grief or anxiety. He accomplishes this through a series of conceits - similes...
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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 - 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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  • 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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  • A Short Commentary on John Donne's "Death, Be Not Proud"
    John Donne is one of the most famous metaphysical poets of the seventeenth-century versifiers. In fact, historians of literature consider him the father of metaphysical poetry. He wrote many wonderful and great holy poems. An example of his religious poems is sonnet number ten, “Death, be not proud”. In this sonnet he speaks about death and how it should not be proud because it is neither mighty nor fearful. To prove his point of view, he uses an argumentative tone and logical elements taken...
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  • The Bane of Life and Beauty: Time
    The Bane of Life and Beauty: Time "For every man, Time is an emptying reservoir; to fret over how much you have left only wastes it." - Lee Connolly. In every person's mind, a clock is running. A pendulum is constantly swinging and ticking into the future, into the unknown. Every person must, at sometime, recognize Time as a measurement of their own life and not something that can be ignored and forgotten about. As long as there have been life there has been death, and Time is simply a...
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  • Tone and Metaphors in a Litany in Time of Plague
    Andrew Marvell (31 March 1621 – 16 August 1678) was an English metaphysical poet and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1659 and 1678. As a metaphysical poet, he is associated with John Donne and George Herbert. He was a colleague and friend of John Milton. His poems include To His Coy Mistress, The Garden, An Horatian Ode upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland, The Mower's Song and the country house poem Upon Appleton House. Andrew marvell’s body and soul:...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • poem - 891 Words
    The Ecstasy : John Donne - Summary and Critical Analysis The poem "The Ecstasy" is one of John Donne's most popular poems, which expresses his unique and unconventional ideas about love. It expounds the theme that pure, spiritual or real love can exist only in the bond of souls established by the bodies. For Donne, true love only exists when both bodies and souls are inextricably united. Donne criticizes the platonic lover who excludes the body and emphasizes the soul. The fusion of...
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  • A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning Essay
    A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning Essay John Donne’s “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” is a letter written to his wife, an attempt to quell her grief and mourning for his parting to France. Though a private letter, the message that Donne conveys to his wife is clear: that the affection between two true lovers is metaphysical and can therefore resist any strain. Throughout the poem, Donne never explicitly states his opinion but rather uses a chain of extended metaphors to argue his point....
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  • ts eliot - 1285 Words
    What according to T. S. Eliot, is ‘dissociation of sensibility’? What is his charge against Milton and Dryden in the essay on ‘The Metaphysical Poets’? Eliot’s theory of the ‘dissociation of sensibility’ may be said to be an attempt to find some kind of historical explanation to the dissolution of the tradition of unified sensibility which found its perfection in the writings of Dante and Shakespeare. The unified sensibility was a sensibility which was the product of a true synthesis of the...
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  • John Donne Flea - 502 Words
    A Hymn to God the Father A Hymn to God, my God, in my Sicknesse A Nocturnall upon St. Lucies day At the Round Earth's Imagin'd Corners A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning A Valediction: of Weeping Batter my heart Death be not Proud Elegie XIX: Going to Bed Elegie XVI: On his Mistris Good Friday, 1613. Riding WestwardSynopsis of Good Friday, 1613 Commentary on Good Friday, 1613 Themes in Good Friday,...
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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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  • John Donne Love Poetry
    W.H. Auden in his prose book “The Dyers Hand and Other Essays” suggests “What makes it difficult for a poet not to tell lies is that, in poetry, all facts and all beliefs cease to be true or false and become interesting possibilities…It may not, perhaps, be absolutely necessary that he believe it, but it is certainly necessary that his emotions be deeply involved, and this they can never be unless, as a man, he takes it more seriously than as a mere poetic convenience.” It is Donne’s sensibility...
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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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  • Donne's Poetry - 1759 Words
    Write a close reading of John Donne’s “The Relic”. Think about what the poem is about (content), how it is written (form and structure), and why, to what effect (the relation between form and content). You may like to refer to Cleanth Brooks’ essay, “The Formalists,” for inspiration. This essay will look at the form, structure and content of “The Relic” in an attempt to offer an explanation as to what the poem is about. It will examine the metaphysical poets, and discuss the...
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  • Eliot and Lawrence - 1862 Words
    T. S. Eliot and D. H. Lawrence – Compare and Contrast their Techniques and Themes T. S. Eliot and D. H. Lawrence, although they are both contemporary authors of Modernist period, express different values and techniques. They are both born in 1880s when the world enters the industrial age. While both witness the dynamic transition, they both criticize the modernity but in different methods. Two authors’ relations regarding techniques and themes would be analyzed by comparing Eliot’s The Love...
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  • An essay on Margaret Edson's play, "Wit" about Vivian Bearing dealing with her treatment of cancer.
    "How are you feeling today?" asked doctor Jason Posner in his usual automatic, inattentive salutation to Vivian, which is both humorous and distressing. There is a connection between Vivian Bearing and Jason Posner. Prepped for research and scholarship by Vivian herself (he took her class on the metaphysical poets) Jason possesses many of the same traits as Vivian. He is smart, ambitious, dedicated to the complexities of his medical research, and inept at human relations. Like Professor Bearing,...
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  • Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds
    The last time we ran a metaphysical poem [1], I went into a rather detailed analysis of its construction, talking about the many conceits used, how they fit into a logical sequence, and how the idea of logic gave structure to the poem as a whole. Several readers wrote in to say that they enjoyed that particular essay, and they'd like to see more of the same on the Minstrels. Of course, not all poems lend themselves to that sort of critical dissection, and there are many which I believe...
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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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  • English Formal Essay #2
    Literature in its purest form has the remarkable ability to transport us to the time and place that it is set. It can even give us insight into the time period the literary artists lived in and how it affected their works. Andrew Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress,” set in the 1650’s, has an overarching theme of mortality, in that one must make the most of what little time they have alive. Similarly, Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Ode to the West Wind,” set in the early 1800’s, has a mortality theme,...
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  • Comparative Essay The Sun Rising And Sonnet 130
    Essay question: what valuable ides are conveyed in the two valuable poems you have chosen to discuss and how the ideas are presented. Poetry conveys emotions, ideas and structure and can persuade and transform one’s view on important topics that affect our generation and will continue to affect generations to come. In John Donne’s metaphysical poem ‘The Sun Rising’, he explores the valuable idea of love being stronger than time as love surpasses all boundaries. In contrast, Shakespeare’s...
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  • To His Coy Mistress, Andrew Marvell
    Thesis Statement Essay on Andrew Marvell’s „To his Coy Mistress“ As we are all mortal, the only things in life that really matter, are our sexual desires. The mortality of human beings has always been an outstanding topic in metaphysical poetry (Negri: 56). Life fades away after a certain period of time and constrains everyone’s life to a definite period. Nevertheless, this topic does also bring up other questions, concerning this subject. Andrew Marvell’s “To his Coy Mistress” lays...
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  • Conceit in Validiction Forbidding Mourning and Atlas
    Compare and contrast the use of conceit in the two poems “A Valediction forbidding mourning” and “Atlas” both effectively include the use of conceit in their exploration of love. They discuss love from different angles, portraying different views of the role that love plays in life. 
 Although the poems have very different structures, similarly both poets choose to use unexpected objects as the subjects of their metaphors. John Donne explains the love between him and his partner through...
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  • Good Morrow - 1551 Words
     Written by the flamboyant metaphysical poet of late 16th century, John Donne; this poem “Good Morrow” is characterised by buoyant use of life enhancing optimism and grandeur characterised by use of far-fetched images and conceits leaving an indelible imprint on the mind of the reader. The poem was published in the Songs and Sonnets collection in 1633 and was written around the same time when Donne met his wife, Anne more who is therefore believed to be the fantasy woman of the private kingdom...
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  • Poetry - 803 Words
    Genre: Poetry Critical Appreciation of Poetry Prepared by Lisa A Malcolm October 15, 2012 Question: Discuss the writer’s concerns and poetic methods in the following poem: Poem: Composed upon Westminster Bridge Poet: William Wordsworth William Wordsworth had a variety of concerns which he expressed in “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge.” He was a metaphysical poet and the theme he writes about in this poem is nature and its relationship to man. He has used a variety of poetic methods which...
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  • Marriage and Lovers - 292 Words
    An Epitaph upon Husband and Wife By : Richard Crashow Richard begins his poem with addressing lovers who are dead and whom death gathered them one more time, or, as it were, wedded them again, and this is a metaphor, in which, he resembles dying together to get married again. The grave that the lovers are in is the second marriage-bed, this is also a metaphor. The lovers will fade away, for separating soul and body is the fate's job which is : obligatory; however, desting can not sever...
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  • Poop - 573 Words
    Do you think that the speaker uses persuasive language/techniques effectively in 'To His Coy Mistress'? If so: explore a couple of particularly good aspects. If not: explore aspects which you think are NOT persuasive. Challenge: use a counter argument from the other point of view (i.e. if you're arguing that it IS effective, look at how it might not be, and then argue against that). Extension: Marvell is a metaphysical poet. How does he explore metaphysical issues in 'To His Coy...
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  • "Death Be Not Proud" and W; T
    It takes the power of his poetic imagination for Donne to defeat death, whom he addresses directly in this Holy Sonnet: Death be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not soe, For, those, whom thou think'st, thou dost overthrow, Die not, poore Death, nor yet canst thou kill mee; From rest and sleepe, which but thy pictures bee, Much pleasure, then from thee, much more must flow, And soonest our best men with thee doe goe, Rest of their bones, and...
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  • Wit the Movie - 1259 Words
    What constitutes a good death? Many people have had many different ideas and opinions that can vary on the subject matter of dying and dying with dignity. Julia Nueberger, the author of book Dying Well says many people believe that “the good death is pain free” (Nueberger 2004). What I know about dealing with death is that many people fear what may come and of course the unknown. When faced with dying, many different emotions can come about that you would have never thought about before you...
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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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