John Donne EH 203
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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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