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  • Donne Ridicules The Platonists
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    In 'Love's Alchemy,' ; John Donne sets up an analogy between the Platonists, who try, endlessly, to discover spiritual love, and the alchemists, who in Donne's time, tried to extract gold from baser metals. This analogy allows Donne to express his beliefs that such spiritual love does not exist and those who are searching for it are only wasting their time. Donne cleverly uses language that both allows the reader to see the connections between the alchemists and the Platonists and that allows fo...
  • Donne's Words
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    Valediction John Donne's "A Valediction: Forbidden Mourning" is a poem written about a man who is explaining to his wife the state of their love and how it will be as he is preparing for a journey. The title illustrates a farewell to the speaker's wife forbidding her to be unhappy and mournful at his depart. Donne compares the leaving to death of a man, but not as unfavorable because his absence is only temporary: "As virtuous men pass mildly away / and whisper to their souls to go... / There pr...
  • Imaginative Core Of Donne's Poetry
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    Ideas are clearly the imaginative core of John Donne's poetry. This is vividly evident through the study of Donne's poetry, and in particular his works; "The Relique", "The Sunne Rising" and "A Valediction: forbidding mourning". Donne utilizes a focus concept throughout his array of poetic works, and maintains his audiences attention through the exploration of those concepts. Various thematic settings are applied to convey the intended thought, and provide a base on which Donne builds his explor...
  • Poem Donne
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    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...
  • John Donne Showed His Love John
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    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 early work, while he still had many fe...
  • Love Of The Two Lovers
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    Donne John. The Canonization. Twentieth Century Views: John Donne. Ed. Helen Gardner. Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Prentice - Hall, INC., 1962 Brooks finds the poem a parody of Christian sainthood taking the major themes of the poem religion and love very seriously and using them in an inevitable paradox. The person to whom Donne speaks in the beginning is a friend who epitomizes the world which the lovers have renounced. A world in which their love may seem most absurd, but cares little for the wars ...
  • Forbidding Mourning By John Donne
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    A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning and The Sunne Rising To say that Blake and Donne do not write uplifting poetry is a great injustice to their works. Although some of their poems discuss themes of depressing nature, on a wider scale both Blake and Donne write poetry which is not only uplifting but also inspiring and extremely worthwhile to read. The two main themes covered by these two writers are love and death. The poems which use love as the main theme inspire the reader and offer hope that ...
  • Line Seven Donne
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    Holy Donne John Donne was an English poet and probably the greatest metaphysical poets of all time. He was born in 1572 to a Roman Catholic family in London. His father died when John was young leaving his mother Elisabeth to raise him and his siblings. Throughout Donne's life his experiences with religion were full of trials and tribulations, something that can be clearly seen in his poetry over time. He remained Catholic early in life while he attended both Oxford and Cambridge Universities. I...
  • John Donne
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    Sean GraysonEnglishEssay on John Donne John Donne, a master at his work, was born some time during the year 1572. The exact date of his birth date is unknown. Donne accomplished many and experienced many things in his life. He got married secretly, went to prison, and wrote many poems that are world known John Donne attended both Oxford and Cambridge universities, and he also attended Lincoln's Inn. At Lincoln's Inn Donne studied law, but never practiced it there after. Donne did not get degrees...
  • Donne's Tone Changes In The Poem
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    Simile and Metaphor in John Donne's "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" Valediction: a farewell address forbidding his wife to mourn, strikes me as an title for this poem. Donne's title has an implied meaning that contradicts how this poem leads the reader to believe it's a love poem he writes to his wife before leaving on a journey to France. A love so strong, so pure, that the bond could never possibly be broken, even after death. Two souls who will always be together physically and spiritual...
  • Donnes Speaker
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    As a young poet, John Donne often utilized metaphors of spiritual bond in many of his Songs and Sonnets in order to explain fleshly love. Once he renounced Catholicism and converted to the Anglican faith (circa 1597), Donne donned a more devotional style of verse, such as in his Holy Sonnets (circa 1609-1610), finding parallels to divine love in the carnal union. In many ways, however, his love poems and his religious poems are quite similar, for they both address his personals deep-seated fear ...
  • Symbols And Paradoxes Donne Flea Metaphysical
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    As discussed on a previous short essay question, John Donne is considered to be one of the greatest metaphysical poets of our time, even though he published only a small number of poems in his lifetime. The poems he did write were metaphorical and often humor us poems telling the tale of religious love and sex. Being a metaphysical poet he exhibited many characteristics of the metaphysical poets. He wrote with metaphysical wit, metaphysical conceit, metaphors, symbols and paradoxes. If these wer...
  • Poet Of The Early Modern Period
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    Early Modern Conceit The Early Modern Period was an era full of self concern. To say it was a selfish period may be going too far, but the people definitely were consumed with their causes. It was during this time that Columbus sailed and conquered the new world. The English were claiming land everywhere. Henry V was "Supreme Head on Earth" of the English church, (as if the English church actually existed anywhere else on Earth), the undisputed religious and political master. Theater and the art...
  • Jarman's Poem The Speaker
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    In the "Unholy Sonnet; after the Praying" by Mark Jarman and "Batter my Heart, Three-persone d God, for You" by John Donne, there lies very common subject matters. Both poems are expressing a feeling that the author has about his religion and it's purpose in his life. Yet, although the subjects both poems are addressing are the same, the messages being delivered are slightly different. The likenesses within both of the poems are very great. They are similar in that the both are talking about the...
  • First Looking At Donne's Poems
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    Grant Mitchell-Yr 12-Mr Edwards-Assessment task-Critical Studies of texts The songs and sonnets of John Donne all share the common feature of exploring important ideas and concerns. His poems are great literary texts in the sense that the ideas conveyed in his poems, would have at the time, and still are today considered to be important moral issues. Society would regard his work as something that is worthy of the expression of feelings through poetry. By looking at the idea of love, he is ensur...
  • Donne's Poems The Sunne
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    How representative are the poems the Sunne rising and good Friday 1613 riding westward of john Donne's overall work and how can these poems be read from different perspectives and concepts? Through John Donne's poems the Sunne rising and Good Friday 1613. Riding westward, it is highly evident how they are representative of his other works of poetry through the recurring themes of love and religion. The representation is also seen through the use of similar techniques used throughout his works su...
  • Continuing Relationship Between Donne And His Lover
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    William Empson begins his critical essay on John Donne's "A Valediction: of Weeping" with this statement. Empson here plays the provocateur for the critic who wishes to disagree with the notion that Donne's intentions were perhaps less base than the sincere valediction of a weeping man. Indeed, "A Valediction" concerns a parting; Donne is going to sea and is leaving his nameless, loved other in England, and the "Valediction" is his emotive poesy describing the moment. There is little argument as...
  • Donne Love Poetry
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    John Donne's poetry John Donne's finest achievements can be found in his love poetry. The Sunne Rising, A valediction Forbidding Mourning and The Relique are three examples of this. Whether speaking directly or indirectly to his subject, in each of the poems, Donne describes his love for his lady. He does this using personification, metaphors, rhetorical devices and many other techniques to strengthen the argument he is presenting. The Sunne Rising is set in bed with Donne's lover. The poem is d...
  • Poetry Donne's Use Of Paradoxes
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    John Donne's poetry is most remembered for his metaphysical conceits. He brilliantly develops long drawn out metaphors using comparisons that are far from the norms of his time. Another of Donne's fancies as a writer is to create amusement through puns. Donne's passion for playing with language is seen not only in his elaborate conceits and witty puns, but also in his paradoxes. While conceits might be Donne's most famous and often used poetic device, he also excels at creating paradoxes and the...
  • Donne's View Of Love
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    ? A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning?? Essay, Research Paper Almost every analysis of? A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning? comes to the same conclusion as seeing the poem as a whole. They see Donne's theme as an appreciation towards a love that holds its strength even through separation. Most also recognize the poem's equal relation to body and soul. Although, most of the criticisms argue that the poem contains the use of sexual ambiguity, the paths diverge on where and how it is used. Similarly...

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