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John Donne Life Stages Through Facts And His Poems

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ANDRIEUX Anne-Charlotte M.Brazeau IB SL English Grade 12 Sunday November 18th , 2012 ________________ English Essay: Poetry John Donne Life Stages Through Facts And His Poems John Donne was a poet of XVI century. As a poet, he often wrote about love, influence by the stages of his life. He is often referred to as the chief of Metaphysical poetry, a specific type of writing. John?s life was tormented, and this can be felt within his writing. His life as a poet can be divided into three defined stages. Those stages represent the change of personality and his mind growth, and his growth as an individual and as a lover. The first stage, characterized him as a wild child, even tough he was already a young man. In this early stage he was regarded as a player, not having any set relationships especially with woman, he was playing around and enjoying his youth not believing in true love. ...read more.


The second stage of John Donne life is characterized by a sudden settlement. John found reason to stop playing with women?s and settle in a calmer lifestyle. He slowly stabilized, into a usual routine. In this stage of his life John Donne married Anne Donne. In this brief passage John started suffering due to love, and mainly theme his poem about Love and pain. This chapter in his life can be sensed in the poem A Valediction: Of Weeping. In this poem, he tries to convince his sick and pregnant wife to not be sad even though he was leaving to Europe for a while. Here, John love for his wife, the faith he had I her, and how much he cares for her is portrayed. Again this poem is about Love a general characteristic of metaphysical poetry. The third stage of John Donne life is marked by the death of his wife. ...read more.


Those stages, have been sculpted by the environment and the people he meet. Go catch a falling star is a poem of John Donne. He wrote this poem during is early writing stage and his early years of life. As a young man Donne was described as a player, not believing in Love and having no faith in women?s. In go catch a falling star Love is described as being impossible as he tells the reader that a faithful woman is unnatural and inexistent, therefor true love can?t exist. John believed that true love could not be found, that no woman was to be trusted. Go catch a falling star is an example of a metaphysical poem as it is written in a simple form with simple forms of verses. The poem contains unusual comparisons and similes, he compares women?s to a child with mandrake roots or to a falling star. In the poem John Donne as an idealised image of the woman which is trying to fetch for, but not finding. Those are characteristic of metaphysical poetry. ...read more.

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