ENGLMidTerm - 17th CENTURY JOHN DONNE Rather violent and...

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17 th CENTURY JOHN DONNE Rather violent and passionate – both his love and holy poems Devout Christian Common subjects of Donne's poems are love (especially in his early life), death (especially after his wife's death), and religion Founder of the Metaphysical Poets – poets who employed unusual imagery and conceits (an extended metaphor that combines two vastly different ideas into a single idea, often using imagery) in order to develop intellectual and religious themes. The term “metaphysics” itself refers to the study of our own existence and the nature of knowledge Donne's personal relationship with religion was tumultuous and passionate, and at the center of much of his poetry Lived in poverty for several years Became Anglican priest His work suggests a healthy appetite for life and its pleasures, while also expressing deep emotion The Good-Morrow Donne takes the everyday idea that lovers live in a world of their own with little sense of reality, and turns it right round, so that it is the outside world that is unreal The intensity of their love is sufficient to create its own reality Spiritual meaning Intimate portrait of two lovers waking up after a night of lovemaking and he is expressing feeling to her Says good morning not only to his lover but to the new life together Close to each other both physically and emotionally At the end their unity has something in it that is unending The Sunne Rising Aubade- a poem about or of lovers, separating at dawn; disappointed of the sun that’s up and the lovers have to get up Lying in bed with his lover, cursing the rising sun and asking why does it have to rise, to go bother other schoolboys The sunbeams are not that strong in his mind, he can eclipse them simply by closing his eyes but he doesn’t want to lose the sight for his lady The sun is only half as happy as he/she is Because their life is basically in bed the sun has to do less work to only shine in their bed The Canonization The speaker asks to be quiet and let him love He doesn’t care what the addressee does, as long as he lets him love The speaker asks, “who is injured by my love?” Their love is like phoenix, but their love is that slays and resurrects them They can die by love if they are not able to live by it and when it’s not enough for tombs it will be fit for poetry Lovers are compared to the Christ and how guys are able to have multiple erection after little rest
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The Flea The flea has sucked the lovers blood and now there’s three blood mingled in it The flea has joined them together He asks her not to kill the flea – in the flea they are like married She still kills the flea ad he calls her cruel If she were to sleep with him she would lose no more honor than she lost when she killed the flea A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning To his wife, Anne More Donne, to comfort her while he sojourned in France on
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