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John Donne

by: Kimberly Burke
Kimberly Burke
Jacksonville State University
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These are the notes I took in class on John Donne.
Survey of English Literature I
Dr. Gates
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Kimberly Burke on Sunday February 28, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to EH 203 at Jacksonville State University taught by Dr. Gates in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 17 views. For similar materials see Survey of English Literature I in Foreign Language at Jacksonville State University.

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Date Created: 02/28/16
British Lit - John Donne • Clergyman, Dean of a Cathedral • Poetry probably circulated but never published in his lifetime • Biography pg.1370 • Wrote sermons • Metaphysical poetry o Philosophical or spiritual, 17 century poets o John Donne, John Cleveland, Abraham Cowley, Richard Crashaw, George Herbert, Andrew Marvell, & Henry Vaughn o Poets linked by style & modes of organization, against Elizabethan love poetry § Frequently take the form of arguments that yoke wit & originality with powerful emotions o Elements: § Analytical approach to subject matter § Intellectual tone § Colloquial language § Rhythmic patterns that are often tough or irregular § Metaphysical conceit o Metaphysical conceit § Use of paradox, images from arcane sources not usually drawn upon by poets & original, complex comparison between 2 highly dissimilar things • Conceit – forced metaphor o An elaborate & often surprising comparison between 2 highly dissimilar things • “The Flea” – pg. 1373 o Flea has a link between person the speaker is addressing & the speaker § Their blood in mingled in the flea o Humorous o Stanza 3 - Lover crushes the flea o Consummate love = apology for killing the flea • “Break of Day” & “The Sun Rising” - love poems with context of Aubade o Aubade – love poem expressing regret of lovers that have to part at dawn • “Break of Day” – pg. 1380 o Humorous o Time to go, regret, parting • “A Valediction: Forbidden Mourning” – pg.1385-1386 o Valediction definition – pg.1387 o Conceit o Our love is stronger than love that has to deal with physical separation o Stanza 2 § Profanation – not religious § Laity – everyone § Love is private o Stanza 3 § Earthquakes, learning about the movement of fears o Stanza 4 § Everyone else just has physical love § These lovers have a deeper love o Stanza 7 § Gold is malleable & can be stretched very fine • Lovers can be separated & still connected o Central comparison – compass (measure & draw) § Circumference – full circle, never disconnected o Series of different comparisons to illustrate the powerful, unique relationship • “Good Morrow” • Holy Sonnets o Sonnet 7 pg.1411 § Conceit – death is not death, life after death § Confession for forgiveness § Desperate for immediate attention § Rising dead souls into heaven, needs to know how to repent o Sonnet 10 § Paradox § Addressing Death § Echo – sleep is a kind of death, different death, temporary death § Tells Death to die o Sonnet 14 § Asking for traumatic experience to test his faith, prove he can withstand temptation § Conceit – usurped town § Paradox § Overwhelm me, wants to feel challenged • “Good Friday, 1613, Riding Westward” o image of Christ on the cross


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