Essay on John Donne

Death Be Not Proud by John Donne

John Donne’s poem Death Be Not Proud is typical of the religious/metaphysical genre employed by the poet. All human beings have a lurking fear of death. As we get older, this fear increases and ultimately dominates our thoughts. But contrary to the negative connotations attached to the event of death, Donne presents to the readers […]

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Thomas Carew

from A Bibliography of Literary Theory, Criticism and Philology http://www. unizar. es/departamentos/filologia_inglesa/garciala/bibliography. html by Jose Angel Garcia Landa (University of Zaragoza, Spain) Thomas Carew (1595-1640) (English poet; b. Kent; st. Corpus Christi, Oxford, no degree; traveller, Cavalier courtier and wit under Charles I, gentleman of the Privy Chamber, reputation as a libertine, d. penitent) Works […]

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Duffy and Donne and their portrayal of the loss of identity

Identity and distinctiveness has habitually been subjected to in most of John Donne’s poems, in this case the “Holy Sonnet IV”, as has been questioned in Carol Ann Duffy’s “Originally”. In these poems, which have been written centuries apart, both poets display well the loss of identity suffered by them and the great impact of […]

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Commentary on Donne’s Valediction: Forbidding Morning

One of the hardest things to do is to leave someone that is dear to us, and convince them its ok. John Donne does so brilliantly in his poem Valediction: Forbidding Morning. The poem’s message is that the relationship between two lovers is greater than anything else to them, and that true love cannot be […]

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Critical assessment of the poem ‘The Sun Rising’ by John Donne

In ‘The Sun Rising’ by John Donne, the poet is awakened by the sun’s rays streaming through the curtains into his bedroom, where he lies with his lover. Wishing to prolong the pleasure of lying in, cuddled beside her, he tells the Sun not to disturb the peace of the bedroom. The fact that the […]

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‘The Sun Rising’ by John Donne and ‘Funeral Blues’ by W H Auden

However, the two poems differ in their tone and attitude, one being cheerful and confident, the other is gloomy and despondent and at the end the reader realises that the points of the two poets are very different.In ‘The Sun Rising’, Donne teasingly criticises the rising sun for disturbing him and his lover lying in […]

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John Donne’s poems

Many of John Donne’s poems are on the subject of love and equally as many on the subject of sex. As a love poet, especially when Donne writes vividly on his wife he is very much concerned with his subject (his wife) however he can appear selfish and cold in the more sexual referenced poems. […]

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How far are John Donne’s ‘The Flea’ and ‘The Message’

Each of the poems/sonnets are to an extent anti-love, but each of them is anti different types of love. ‘To His Coy Mistress’ and ‘The Flea’ are against ‘romantic love’ but are definitely for ‘physical love’. Each poem is about a man trying to ‘woo’ a woman who has a social vow not to have […]

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John Donne ‘The Sunne Rising’

Like ‘The Good Morrow,’ this poem is meant to convey the immensity of the love that exists between the poet and his beloved; however, also like in ‘The Good Morrow’ Donne wants to elaborate upon the same conceit he used previously, the microcosm of the lovers’ world encapsulating the macrocosm of the entire globe. This […]

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The themes and stylistic content of John Donne’s The Sunne Rising

John Donne’s “The Sunne Rising” is a deeply thoughtful love poem, rejoicing the satisfying union between two lovers, whom appear to ignore the claims of the outside world. Donne uses various themes and stylistic content within the poem to show his strong feelings towards his lover. The two lovers in the poem appear to be […]

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A Lecture upon the Shadow – John Donne

Donne’s love poem, “A Lecture upon the Shadow” intellectualises the idea of love and through his careful selection of words and images creating symbolism, addresses humankind and calls them to heed, “stand still” (line 1) and listen to “a lecture”, presented as a special interpretation of love, “love’s philosophy” (line 2). Donne contrasts love with […]

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‘the Sun Rising’ Poem Analysis by John Donne

‘The Sun Rising’ poem analysis by John Donne The poet addresses the sun as a person and rebukes the sun because it has wakened him and his lover from their sleep. He demands to know why lovers should obey time. He also shows his dominance over the sun, calling it a ‘saucy pedantic wretch’ and […]

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