Emma Thompson - John DonneWhat links between John Donne's 'Death, be not proud' and Emma Thompson's 'Wit'

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litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The movie is about a professor who is an expert on John Donne’s poetry, the diagnosed with cancer.  It makes perfect sense that if she is an expert on Donne’s poetry, she would think of poems about death, especially taking control of it.


vangoghfan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Donne's poem is one of his few Holy Sonnetsthat might actually be called optimistic. In the poem, he argues, for all kinds of reasons, that death is nothing to fear. The filmed version of the play Wit, starring Emma Thompson, is, as I remember it, both harrowing and inspiring. I don't remember the play being nearly as optimistic as Donne's poem, however.  Here's the ending: