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  1. Although Donne seemingly flatters his lover in"The Sun Rising," nevertheless she is effectively silenced.

    I disagree with the statement that Donne's lover is "effectively silenced." Donne's lover isn't even mentioned to have said anything so how could she have been effectively silenced? I think that at the time the poem was written society oppressed women. It was believed that women shouldn't talk unless they were spoken to.

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. John Donne 'Songs and Sonnets' - Secular or Sacred?

    Some critics, however, have attempted to categorise the 'Songs and Sonnets', and Herbert Grierson, in his commentary on Donne's poetical works, claims that there are two major groups to be identified. The first are those poems which are "frankly 'evaporations' of more or less cynical wit, the poems in which he parades his own inconstancy or enlarges on the weaknesses of women"4; and the second, where "the wit in Donne, whether gaily or passionately cynical, is subordinate to the lover, pure and simple, singing, at times with amazing simplicity and intensity of feeling, the joys of love and the sorrow of parting".

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Commentary on “The Flea” by Sir John Donne.

    As the poem progresses he makes use of the flea as a symbol of how much such a small, insignificant thing to one, may men the world to another. Donne proves this concept by having the flea suck the blood out of the two personas in the poem and then and having the speaker compare his intentions to the little flea's actions. The man implies that the flea sucking the blood out of the woman is worse than him having sex with her, and that to all effects their blood has already been mingled in this flea.

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  9. Choose two poems and show in what ways you think they demonstrate the use of argument in John Donne's poetry.

    Donne anticipates a physical separation from his beloved and it describes a way of looking at their parting that will help them to avoid the mourning forbidden by the poem's title. The Flea is directed at an unwilling woman who refuses to yield to the lover's desires. Interaction between the subject of the argument in the poem and the speaker does occur, although she does not actually have a spoken voice in the poem Donne paraphrases it. A sense of her voice is portrayed in the poem and we get the feeling that she is not convinced by Donne's claims that they have been united in the flea and this is shown by the change in rhythm.

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  10. 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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  11. Essay on "The Broken Heart" - The imagery in John Donne's poetry is not just a vital part in his works,

    The tone he uses also gives the impression he was almost desperate to be understood. He makes the poem personal to him by asking rhetorical questions like "Who will believe me, if I swear, That I have had the plague a year?" and "Who would not laugh at me, if I should say, I saw a flask of powder burn a day?" When revised carefully, these questions have a feeling of extreme anxiety and grief. The images and the tone of all of Donne�s poetry is what gives him his own classic, artistic approach.

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  12. A Common Donne Theme, In Three of his Poems.

    the all encompassing one in the other poem, is perfect, without the imperfectness of the real world like "sharp north" (line 18). Then there is "The Canonization," where Donne includes the point of unity among the lovers, but uses it rather to argue for the point that they deserve to be sanctified for this incredible unity. In all three of these poems, Donne creates a progression from "bad" to "good." In "The Sun Rising," as the title suggests, Donne starts out using early dawn, which is bad for the speaker because he has to wakeup since the sun is bugging

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Commentary on Donne’s “The Sun Rising”

    The third group comprises Donne's religious works, which deal exclusively with spirituality, divinity, and faith in association with religion. The Sun Rising, with it's assertion of the power of love over time and space, and the spiritual unity of the two lovers, belongs clearly to the second group. In The Sun Rising Donne proudly vaunts the power of love in two declarations: love creates its own time and establishes its own space. The first declaration is stated in the first stanza: "Love, all alike, no season knows, nor clime, nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time."

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  16. Write a study of a sonnet, looking at examples by two different poets writing before 1900, showing how they use form to express their ideas. You should include at least two sonnets written by the same poet. Accompanying this with a sonnet of your own.

    In the absence of the capacity to imagine or feel either of these, Donne's deepest prayer must be either to be ravished into chastity, or to escape from God's attention". Of these sonnets, many differences occurred. The exploration of these is just as important. For example, in both sonnets, Donne wanted God to interfere directly into his life and bring Donne to him. Donne could not bring himself directly to God because he felt that he was unworthy of God.

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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. The Persuasive Tone of The Flea

    First of all, the situation created by Donne is remarkable. Although there is only one speaker in ��The Flea,�� the poem itself reveals a profound interaction between speaker and audience. Here is an example: ��Mark but this flea, and mark in this,�� (line 1) and ��Oh stay, three lives in one flea spare,�� (line 10). In line one, the poet asked his coy mistress to notice a flea and explain that the flea symbolized the combination of their love. Whereas, when the poem goes on to the first line of the second stanza, the lady ignores Donne��s enthusiasm by intending to slay the flea.

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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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