John Donne’s Poetry


JohnDonne’s Poetry

JohnDonne’s poetry

PartA: Comparing John Donne’s secular and religious poems

Oneof the motivations that are seen in Donne’s poems is the belief inlies. There are lies that most humans have always considered to betruths. As seen in the HolySonnet14,Donne has been depicted as a man who is completely hopeless in thehands of Satan. In this poem he has equated man as a damaged pot, abride in war and a captured town. Other motivations that are seen inDonne’s poems are romance and stereotypical views that men hadtowards women. In his poem Fidelity,Donne has expressed his sexists’ views towards women with a greatforce. In this particular poem, Donne challenges a man to go catch afalling star, in order to find a faithful woman.

However,on close examination of Donne’s poems the reader gets to notice thedifferences between his secular and religious poems. In his secularpoems he has expressed that his love towards a particular beloved inhis poem is superior to any other beloved. On the other hand, inreligious poems he equated the love of one another as a religiousexperience. In this regard, the love that he talks about in thereligious contexts, transcends anything physical that is normallysignificant to mundane lovers. Donne’s religious poems seemed tosuggest that he saw God central in his world

Deathis the most common image depicted in Donne’s poetry. It has notbeen depicted as a somber subject but merely as a transition momentin one’s life. To illustrate this clearly he has indicated in TheSonnet 10 Death Do not Be Proud.As the reader goes through the rest of the poems he notices thatDonne forms interconnectedness of humanity.

PARTB: Reponses to peers

Responseto Aishwarya Lonikar

Iagree with you that Donne’s Secular poems seemed to praise his lovefor his beloved Magdalene. He disregarded what other people thoughtby his actions of loving and you have given a perfect rhetoricalquestion that he poses for the readers. However, his love istransformed and unified with his religious beliefs in the end. Inaddition you have further suggested that Donne seems to connect deathand love in his poetry. This seems to be true as he has indicateddeath to be a transition to the life after death. In other words,love and death are two items that are seen to be human weaknessesbefore the eyes of God. Great Work

Responseto Emily Krieger

Youhave discussed the Canonization poems where Donne has demonstratedhis praises for romantic life rather than his spirituality. I agreewith you that perhaps this was the most motivational factor for himat that point of his life. You have discussed the differences in thetones depicted in both secular and religious poems. While secularpoems depicted a disregarding attitude, religious poems carriedmorbid and sad tones. I totally agree with you that the mostsignificant change that is depicted in Donne’s life lies in hisromantic life. While most secular poems praise the value of romanticlife disregarding other people’s approval, his religious poetrydepict a man who has total submission to God and religion. Most ofhis religious poetry depicts man as a weak form who must need God inorder to attain happiness. In addition as explained in your article,Donne has converted physical love into a religious form of ecstasy. Ienjoyed reading your article.