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  1. Metaphysical Poetry

    Sometimes, the poems have a "carpe-diem" theme. Metaphysical poetry was seen as "shocking" at this time, it addressed issues that were previously unmentionable, or it looked at issues in a more controversial way. In this essay I am going to compare the three poems; 'The Sunne Rising' and 'The Flea' by John Donne, and 'To his coy mistress' by Andrew Marvell and investigate how they are similar. First I am going to look at the themes of the three poems. There is a main theme running through all of the poems, love.

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  2. Discuss Poet Mathew Arnold as a poet of Melancholy? As a representative poet?Introduction:- Victorian age was an age of industrial revolution. The first railway train was introduced

    An Elegiac poet:- The distinctive quality of Arnold's poetry is feeling of regret, sorrow, despair, resignation. Arnold defined poetry as a criticism of life. In plain language this means that poetry is the vehicle for the poet's view of the world, his outlook on life. His philosophy, his moral teaching that poet sees like a god and suffers like man. At least, thirteen of Arnold's poems are classed as "Elegiac" in the collected edition. Most of his poems have the spirit of personal sufferings. Sufferings of Victorian age:- Arnold saw that peace was difficult to find in the hurly burly of the Victorians age.

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  3. Elegy 19: To his mistress going to bed

    Flattery is used commonly within Donne's poetry; he is rarely a reject of his lovers and uses flattery to seduce them. "In such white robes heaven's angels used to be receiv'd by men: thou angel bring'st with thee". Another example of Donne's adulation through comparison to the heavens and placing his mistress above anything mortal. Within the poem we see how Donne transforms his love and admiration for the woman into something sordid and lust driven. Additionally, from the start he shows a high level of respect and is honourable about the female form, yet as his seduction progresses he increasing lowers the tone.

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  4. Two poems by Archbishop Jien.

    All four poems possess this quality. In Jien's poem 327 (Carter, p. 171), the moon sets before a lone traveler has had enough of the moon's company and beauty manifested in its reflection in the mountain spring water he was drinking, as his cupped hands suggest. As honkadori from Ki no Tsurayaki's poem 171 (Carter, p.105) on "Parting, composed upon bidding farewell to someone with whom he had talked near a spring on a mountain road", it reaffirms the instinctive human desire for any type of company, human or not-Monk Saigyo even makes a companion of solitude: "If not for solitude,/how dismal my life would be!"

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  5. Choose two or three poems that you think exemplify the characteristics of Donne's poetry.

    All of the three poems are about Donne's relationship with others, both lovers and God. They all contain complicated metaphors reflecting the complex nature of these relationships. Love, for Donne does not exist isolated from other emotions and activities, as it does in the work of some other poets, but alongside and mingled with them. Consequently, in his poetry love appears under many guises from the assurance of 'The Sun Rising' to the sense of discovery in 'The Good-morrow'. 'The Sun Rising' celebrates the pleasures of a satisfied love in extravagant terms.

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  6. With reference to two or three of Donne's Holy Sonnets, consider the similarities between his religious poetry and his romantic / love poetry.

    "Thou hast made me, and shall thy work decay?" (Holy Sonnet 1 line 1) Lines such as these grab the reader's attention, immediately drawing them to the strong sense of personal feeling felt by the narrator, highlighted by such an abrupt opening. Throughout both holy sonnets and the narrator's love poetry, strong personal feeling is apparent. The use of 'I' and 'me' is especially worthy of note as it personalizes the poetry adding a sense of egoism. This is apparent in both The Sun Rising and Sonnet 10; "I could eclipse and cloud them with a wink," (The Sun Rising line 13)

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  7. John Donne's Poetry is Emotionally Intense, Full of Passionate Feelings and Opinionated Attitudes - Discuss.

    The poems all show his passionate feelings, opinionated attitudes and intense emotions towards various different people and objects, mainly the woman, who is central to each poem. In this essay I will discuss John Donne's emotions and feelings present throughout his poems. His writing expresses a wide variety of expressions and feelings, opinions, emotions and attitudes. In all of the poems Donne describes intensely, to the best of his ability, the experience of love. I will start by analyzing John Donne's emotions in "The Sunne Rising".

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  8. A critical analysis of the message by John Donne

    Then in the third stanza L19 which rhymes with L24. The Message begins using a 4 x 4 metre pattern in L1 and 2, incorporating of a rising duple. L3 changes to a falling triple then a rising triple in L4, L5, L6 and L7. Finally, L8 changes to co-inside with L3 as a falling triple. In Lines 4 and L5, the speaker has seemingly squeezed a four syllable line into a triple metre and repeated this in L12 and L13 in the second stanza and then L20 and L21 in the third stanza.

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  9. The Dampe- a critical commentary.

    The idea of a woman's picture residing in his heart in a literal anatomical sense creates a physical proof of Donne's extensive love for this person. However odd and outrageous, this acts as a profound and substantial measure of Donne's love. Then in a characteristically contrasting fashion, Donne describes how those who lay eyes on this picture, being the surgical team and surrounding friends, will be infected by the immediately potent 'sodaine dampe of love', with the assurance that the instant contraction of the disease, will prove fatal, 'And work on them as mee'.

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  10. Take three themes related to the use of counselling skills and describe their importance in the counselling relationship with reference to your observations of interaction during role-play.

    For example if working in a school the policy maybe to inform the parents of a child receiving counselling. Also the counsellor can only take so much responsibility and if it is felt that the client wouldn't benefit from counselling, as not everybody does then this should be discussed and referred as appropriate. Also it should at some point, preferably the first session, be stated that if the counsellor suspects harm to the client or others by themselves that they may have to report it to the appropriate authority but that if they did feel that necessary that they would discuss this with the client first.

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  11. A Woman’s Perspective.

    These last few lines also reinforce the notion that the speaker has apathy for people who perform their lives in the way that Donne portrays in his earlier poems; one in which males are either expected or even encouraged to be popular with the females and have a mistress or two on the side. This poem was of course before Donne met and married his wife, Anne. Donne's marriage dramatically, at least to all outward appearances, changed his view on how he viewed women and their social context.

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  12. Choose a poem typical of John Donne's love poetry - Discuss its methods and concerns and explain why you have chosen it as particularly representative.

    This conceit (described by Helen Gardiner as 'a comparison whose ingenuity is more striking than its justness') is somewhat typical of Donne, keen to comply with the fashion at the time for difficulty in thought. In belonging to a cultured and politically aware society, and thus being keen to write for a select audience, Donne is able to interweave intellectually superior ideas in his poems, sometimes in the form of expanded epigrams. An example of this in 'A Valediction forbidding mourning' would be the theme of the third stanza. Here, Donne explains that 'Moving of th'earth brings harmes and feares', 'But trepidation of the spheares, /Though greater farre is innocent.'

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  13. Discuss the importance of the audience or readership to John Donne's Poem, Holy Sonnet No. 5.

    Donne's religious poetry often contains elements of monologue directed at God, and whilst this often fulfilled James' requirements, it has such a close correlation with Donne's life, and is performed in such a bold and innovative style, that it prevents us from dismissing his the work as blatant conformism. Donne was obviously aware of the importance of acquiring patronage, since his upbringing forestalled direct introductions at court, and his work with Essex in The Azores led to his position as secretary to Sir Thomas Egerton.

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  14. Compare the poems by Shakespeare and Donne. Show how, though written in the same era and both connecting love the two parts have different styles through which to express their ideas.

    The use of repetition and alliteration: 'Through windowes, and through curtains call on us.' shows the persistence of the sun coming through two barriers (the windows and the curtains of the bed) to reach them. Donne insults the sun and asks it in bravado if the must be ruled by it. However this Is a rhetorical question as Donne knows that the answer is yes we do have to be ruled by the sun. 'Must to thy motions lovers seasons run?'

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  15. From the Poems we have read so far, Identify the main Characteristics of Donne's Poetry.

    Once this bond has been made, it is difficult to break. In the poem A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning Donne speaks of this relationship as, 'Stiff twin compasses' also indicating that each is always pointing towards the other. Through this poem and many other many of John Donne's distinct characteristics come through. The first and most obvious is the use of convincing argument. At the start of the poem he likens him and his lover to a compass. This gives the idea of travelling, 'Thy firmness makes my circle just, And makes me end, where I begun' The firmness is referring to the physical stiffness of the leg of the compass, this being the honest strength he is urging on her throughout the poem.

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  16. What is a Metaphysical poem?

    In this poem, there are arguments and counter-arguments, as well as a conclusion. The poem is also different from conventional courtly love poetry, because in the first two stanzas, the speaker used a lot of exaggeration of time and space. The first stanza is the part of argument. He is always discussing the lack of time that the couple possess. For example, he firstly describes the 'winged chariot' that is 'hurrying near.' The winged chariot metaphor gives the reader connotations of a fast and furious speed, which is then neatly juxtaposed with the 'Deserts of vast eternity' - which gives an atmosphere of a slow, fruitless future.

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  17. By careful examination of ‘Ode to Evening’ by William Collins and two other poems of your choice, consider how appropriate you find this definition of poetry written before 1770.

    Collins' 'Ode to Evening' has a very rural setting, one apparent from the very first line: If aught of oaten stop, or pastoral song Collins carefully and elaborately describes a calm, beautiful landscape, which is unthreatening and unrealistic. Even in bad weather, Collins still only sees the beauty in the landscape, but no dangers: But when chill blustering winds, or driving rain, Forbid my willing feet, be mine the hut That from the mountain's side Views wild, and swelling floods, It is a romantic wildness, and it poses no danger to the poet; it is a hopelessly sentimental view of the countryside.

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  18. Explore the theme of 'love' within the poems written by John Donne. Examine how his approach, his views and his style of verse may have changed as subsequent poets have examined this same theme and the issues which accompany it.

    "I wonder by my troth, what thou, and I Did, till we loved? Were we not weaned till then, But sucked on country pleasures, childishly? Or snorted we in the seven sleepers' den?" Of course, this is not really true, but Donne is arguing, not describing or reviewing, and in doing so he creates a much more vivid image of their love. Throughout the poem, he puts forward the idea that the room they are in is "an every where", and that is because of the love that they share together. Donne says that if they keep their love for each other equal; "Love so alike, that none do slacken, none can die."

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  19. What I like and/or don’t like about John Donne

    I mean. Do we really deserve all this? I'm not saying that they can't enjoy their love-making, but at the expense of all of mankind? That's awfully selfish of them. I mean. I know there wasn't birth control, but they could use the classic rhythm method, no? Oh well, no use crying over spilt milk now. Anyway, his life seems so drama mama, it's almost not real. Like what Roman Catholic family would be in the right mind to send their son to study in Oxford and Cambridge?

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  20. A Comparison of Donnes The Sun Rising and Spensers Epithalamion

    Spenser presents love in a more traditional way in Epithalamion, showing the natural progression of courtly love, the inevitable conclusion of an English Christian wedding. Love is a pious act, yet is still romantic. At first glance, both The Sun Rising and Epithalamion can be placed in the same category, lyric love poems, yet they differ in style. The metaphysical conceit which characterized Donne?s writing is seen when, first, he personifies the sun, calling it a ?Busy old fool? (Donne ll.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Discuss Poet Mathew Arnold as a poet of Melancholy? As a representative poet?Introduction:- Victorian age was an age of industrial revolution. The first railway train was introduced

    "Conclusion:- In such a world, where faith is absent, love can be the only consolation. Hence the poet asks his beloved to be constant in her love, he tells her that although the world looks new and beautiful like a fairyland, yet it does not have any charm. It is without happiness, love, light, certainty, peace and help. The world in the varied forms appears attractive and charming life ,a land of dreams, but in fact is possesses nothing to heighten the spirit. It is devoid of all good things that fill the world with great and real cheerfulness. The people of the world have lost the real aim of life. They are not better than soldier go on fighting in the darkness of the night. They are so confused that they don't know why and with whom they are fighting similar is the state in which the people of the world are found. They are utterly confused in life and struggle in vain. As they don't know the goal of life, their efforts do not take them anywhere."

  • Discuss "The Flea" as a typically metaphysical poem

    "In conclusion, it is thus very clear that John Donne's The Flea poem is typically metaphysical, by embodying quintessential characteristics of the genre throughout the poem. As well as the conceit within the poem, and the metaphysical manipulation of the poem's structure and form, the poem is also one of immense innuendo. In keeping with metaphysical conventions, although there are constant hints towards the erotic, the poem does not have any explicit reference to it, highlighting the subtlety of the argument he portrays, which is cleverly hidden but delivered through use of a very unusual and absurd object which in this case is the physical existence of the flea itself. The poem is successful as a typical poem of the metaphysical poetic movement, as it utilises every element of the poem, including its structure and language, to exhibit the archetypal attributes of absurd imagery and witty, intelligent and yet subtle arguments to convey the passionate argument of John Donne. Ashley Louise Coffey 12CR English - Miss Barry 08/02/07"

  • Choose a poem typical of John Donne's love poetry - Discuss its methods and concerns and explain why you have chosen it as particularly representative.

    "The poem comes to a succinct ending, in its explanation that 'Thy firmness makes my circle just, /And makes me end, where I begunne'. The "compass" imagery is thus brought to its logical conclusion in the idea that the lover will return to where he started: 'in the centre sit[s]' her soul. The journey has come full circle, and hence they can be reunited after the separation. Although this poem is almost entirely focused on a particularly sensitive and 'refin'd' aspect of love, there is one image of the arm of the compass which 'growes erect as that comes home', thus dispelling the sense of bodily contact being unnecessary. The gentle tone does not make its argument any less compelling, due to cleverly constructed comparisons which are equally effective in both their persuasive technique and romantic content. Thus, I feel 'A Valediction forbidding mourning' typifies many of the characteristics of John Donne's love poetry, whilst retaining its own uniqueness."

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