Love and Deathin John DonneTyrone Kennedy107540078
FormulatingIdeas: General Interest Undergraduate Studies Further Reading
First Encounter John Donne and the Metaphysical Presentation
Why?Goe and Catch a Falling Starre The Good-Morrow“If thou be’st born to strange sights “I wonder by my troth, what thou,and I Things invisible to see Did, till we lov’d? were we not Ride ten thousand days and nights, wean’d till then? Till age snow white hairs on thee, But suck on countrey pleasures, childishly? Thou, when thou return’st, will tell me, Or snorted we in the seven sleepers All strange wonders that befell thee, den? And swear, Twas so; but this, all pleasures No where fancies bee Lives a woman true and fair.” If ever any beauty I did see, Which I desir’d, and got, t’was but a dreame of thee.”
Intensive use of A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning ingenious conceits “If they be two, they are two so As stiffe twin compasses are two, Thy soule the fixt foot, makes no show Famous turns of wit To move, but doth, if the’other doe.” Use of Metaphysical
Further Study: Donne’s fascination with death, sex and the connection between the body and the soul Deeper look into Donne’s love poetry Donne’s philosophy of love
Moving Forward Other elements of Donne: From poetry to prose From love to death
Fourth Essay Religious Writing: Meditations, Devotions, Sermons Moral Aspect Influenced by Donne’s fixation with death?
Connection between Love andDeath Holy Sonnets Body and Soul Death not Love
Donne’s Strategies Conquering Death Love Poetry Similarities and Reasoning
Aspects to Consider Urge to battle death Overwhelming directly concern for the Desire to take his material decay of death into his own corpse hands Longing above all Loathing of for resurrection separation of body and soul
Donne’s fear of Links in Devotions damnation and between joy of longing for salvation unifying body and Links to suicide and soul Christ in Biathantos Donne’s strategies in (Essay 4) ‘Death’s Duell’ Fear of decomposing The ‘we’ in ‘Death’s beyond possibility of Duell’ resurrection in ‘The Relic’
Possible Questions Do these aspects contradict each other? Is there a lack of Christian morality in Donne’s work? Or is it the opposite? Do they show a lack of interest in the mortal life?
Summary Where am I? Progression of thought Moving towards the thesis
Bibliography Bloom, Harold. John Donne and the Seventeenth Century Metaphysical Poets. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1986. Text. Carrithers, Gale H. Donne at Sermons. New York: State U of New York P, 1972. Text. Gardiner, Helen. John Donne: The Divine Poems. New York: Oxford UP, 2001. Text. Smith, A. John Donne, Essays in Celebration. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1972. Text. Targoff, Ramie. John Donne Body and Soul. London: U of Chicago P, 2008. Text.
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