Elegy 19: To his mistress going to bed
Elegy 19: To his mistress going to bed > What imagery does Donne use which is used in other poems you have studied? Do u find any which is unusual? > What is the speaker's attitude to the mistress? > "Donne's love poems are not about love, they are about power". With reference to this and one other Donne poem evaluate this statement. "Elegy 19" reflects greatly on "The Sun Rising". They share similar imagery and are closely related in both their language, structure and progression. The way in which Donne structures the poem is also cunning as the techniques he adopts are directly related to "The Sun Rising". It is a common occurrence for Donne to use cosmological imagery within his poetry to portray his emotions and using extremes to compare his mistress too. In addition, he continues to do so in "Elegy 19" and we recognise it also in "The Sun Rising". Another reflection of these two poems. He uses cosmological imagery quite frequently in this poem "Off with that girdle, like heaven's zone glistering" Donne is comparing the woman's girdle to something heavenly, when in actual fact a girdle wouldn't have been anything more than a cushion used for support and shape. 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
Relationships begin and relationships end
The 17th century metaphysical poet John Donne penned the immortal lines: "No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe" (sic) (Microsoft Corporation 1998). These words capture eloquently the fact that human existence, almost without exception, involves interaction with another. And in that interaction, a relationship exists. Relationships begin and relationships end. The relationship may be enjoyed, relished, celebrated, or simply endured. When a relationship ends, there may be relief, acceptance, even joy. But for many, the ending of a relationship is not what was wanted by at least one of the people involved. A break-up may signal regret, resentment, guilt, anger, dismay or distress for that person. In such circumstances, they may struggle to resolve their inner conflict and ultimately seek the help of a professional counsellor. It is such un-satisfactory relationship endings that will be considered in this essay. With this in mind, the theoretical concepts of two approaches to counselling will be explored: the humanistic form of counselling known as Gestalt, and the broadly behavioural approach known as Reality Therapy (RT). Particular reference will be made to the theoretical ideas about human development, the nature of the client/counsellor relationship, and the counselling process itself. When discussing the client, the feminine form will be used: the male form will be used
Explore the various arguments used by John Donne to achieve his aim. In what ways does the language and style of the poem make the arguments persuasive and effective?
Explore the various arguments used by John Donne to achieve his aim. In what ways does the language and style of the poem make the arguments persuasive and effective? Graham Ross 9/02/2004 Donne's main aim in the poem is to persuade his lover to go to bed with him, to do this he uses various techniques and arguments throughout the poem to tempt her into doing so. We see Donne trying to lure his partner into sleeping with him, "And in this flea, our two bloods mingled bee" By use of this conceit he suggests that as their bloods have already been mixed by the flea, they have been joined. This implies that when the blood mixes it is the same result as if they had had sex nevertheless as their bloods would have united. This is a very weak argument on behalf of Donne as the blood does not actually pass from one person to another during sexual intercourse; it is only bodily fluids. We can see that in "The Sunne Rising" that Donne suggests ideas that are unrealistic. "goe childe" and "goe tell court-huntsmen" This is obviously not thought about, because if the sun was to go away, life could not continue as the sun is vital to survival. Donne knows that his partner is religious, and so uses this to his advantage by exploiting her weaknesses. "This flea is you and I, and this our marriage bed, and marriage temple is;" Donne compares the flea to being a temple, which
In What Respects is Twicknam Garden a Metaphysical Poem? How Does Donne Use Imagery Related to Nature? Comment on Donne's Different Attitudes to Love in One or Two Other Poems.
2CA 5th May 2003 a) In What Respects is Twicknam Garden a Metaphysical Poem? b) How Does Donne Use Imagery Related to Nature? c) Comment on Donne's Different Attitudes to Love in One or Two Other Poems a) The term metaphysical poetry was first used to group Donne's poetry, and the poetry of his contemporaries, together because of their similar characteristics. Metaphysical poetry seeks to communicate difficult ideas as concisely as possible to the reader. Donne's poem "Twicknam Garden" can be regarded as metaphysical poetry because it contains many difficult ideas expressed concisely. For example the lines "The spider love, which transubstantiates all, and can convert manna to gall" compares love to a spider, which were thought at the time of Donne's writing to be poisonous. The lexeme "transubstantiates" refers to the change from bread and wine to the blood and body of Christ. Manna simply means soul or spirit and gall, anger. Translated into modern English, the lines mean that love, poisonous like a spider, changes something positive and spiritual into something negative and bitter. The religious reference simply elevates the poem, giving it deeper meaning. Such a complex idea expressed in few lines is typical of metaphysical poetry. Metaphysical poetry is also characterised by a line of argument being pursued throughout
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.
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. Introduction Research has shown that for the counselling relationship to be successful there are therapeutic conditions and personal qualities that the counsellor must adopt to enable good counselling work to take place. Person Centred Counselling aims to provide three core conditions which are unconditional positive regard or warmth, empathy and congruence and it is these themes I am going to discuss. In order for myself to evaluate the above themes our class was separated into small groups. In my group of three, which included myself, were two women, namely Julia and Shalinder. It was taken upon us to each take the role of a prospective counsellor, one the client and the other purely an observer, who's opinions were sought after the initial counselling session was completed. For the ease of the reader, the three core conditions are given under separate headings, with reference to each one respectfully and are related to our group discussion. It must be noted that when working for an agency or institution, there maybe rules and laws to follow that determine the type of counselling offered and limits to confidentiality. For example if working in a school the policy maybe to inform the
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.
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. John Donne describes love as a binding force, and one which completes both the persona's and his lover's lives. The Romantic poets, such as Keats' and Wordsworth's style of verse is much more descriptive of the physical reality with which they deal, whereas Donne ignores the reality and writes about what is beyond reality; the metaphysical. In 'The Good Morrow', one of Donne's abstract love poems, he describes love as something which flourishes to provide immortality and eternal being. To him, love enraptures its beholders and devours their senses before enhancing them and turning them around completely. Using the 'two halves' description, he can convey one of the most sage and discerning statements in his works; that both of their halves join together as a singularity and are then immortal and a complete state of euphoria is gained between them. In the first verse, Donne says that what they have done before they are in love was only pretence and untrue to what their lives' purposes really are, and that is to find happiness in someone else forever. "I wonder by my troth, what thou, and I Did, till we loved? Were we not weaned till then, But
What I like and/or don’t like about John Donne
Literature: Donne Melissa Cheng Bing 02 01A06 PJC 270602 sorry...I tried my best...but face it Mel, you're not funny.(not that I WAS trying to be funny.) Essay Assignment: What I like and/or don't like about John Donne From what I know, which is not a lot, John Donne is a metaphysical poet who reigned in the 16th century. Metaphysical poetry is, so-defined-in-my-notes, the study of abstract and immaterial things; which is something I find quite so pointless. Like the people in that era have so much time to explore such stuff with such detail. Like they got nothing better to do. Basically, these people are real losers, especially Mr. Donne. He is such a prick and he sucks in innumerable ways. I dislike him to bits! Firstly, his parents suck for bringing him into this world. I mean. What were they thinking? Did they hate society so much that they decided to have a kid and punish us all through his works? 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
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.
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. Look closely at effects of its language/imagery/verse form. Comment on how the poem relates to other poems in the studied selection. There are a variety of factors which exist in Donne's collection of 'songs and sonets', which serve to make his poems quite unique, in terms of both style and content. This originality is emphasised by a number of common themes, many of which are evident in his poem 'A Valediction forbidding mourning', which I have chosen to analyse. As a metaphysical poet, Donne focuses a particular line of argument around a central theme. In this case, it is the idea that 'Though I must goe', 'Our two souls, which are one' will remain joined in a similar way to 'stiffe twin compasses'. 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
A Comparison of Donnes The Sun Rising and Spensers Epithalamion
A Comparison of Donne’s The Sun Rising and Spenser’s Epithalamion Assignment 2 Shannon Braun ENG 2111 T00040180 November 2012 Braun 2 In comparing John Donne’s The Sun Rising with the second stanza of Edmund Spenser’s Epithalamion, one can see that they are both lyric love poems, yet different in terms of style, tone, and presentation of the theme of love. In The Sun Rising, the sun is personified and the lovers’ bedroom turned into their own world, in a metaphysical conceit. Epithalamion uses allusion and combines English Christianity, rich imagery and Greek mythology. The poet’s tone in The Sun Rising is initially annoyed, but he takes a more generous attitude toward the sun by the third stanza. In lines 19-36 of Epithalamion, the poet’s tone is excited and expectant as the day of his marriage dawns. In The Sun Rising, Donne has a grandiose and passionate view of love expressed through his conceits; nothing exists outside of their love. 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
A Woman’s Perspective.
Christopher Williams IHUM: Literature in Crisis Joel Slotkin October 20, 2003 A Woman's Perspective Donne's affinity for writing about the opposite sex is well known. Throughout many of his works, he portrays the image of a male as a figure to be wanted after, but what is the female's perspective in all of this? In his poem "Break of Day", Donne gives us a glimpse of what he believes it feels like to be the woman that is the object of these affections, and how that contrasts with his own, more masculine, poetry. Throughout the litany of Donne's earlier works, the male was the instigator, the protagonist, the connoisseur of women if you will, in the poem "Break of Day" we get to see the other side of the fence. We know that this is a female voice by the use of the pronoun "him", "That I would not from him, that had them, go" ("Break of Day" 12). By using literary devices and selective usage of pronouns, we are led to believe that this is a woman speaking about a particular man. In the last lines of the poem, we also get a clue as to the gender of the speaker, "The poor, the foul, the false, love can / Admit, but not the busied man" ("Break of Day" 15-16). 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