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John Donne's Holy Sonnets

What literary devices are used in "Death, be not proud" by John Donne?

The entire poem is an example of apostrophe. The entire poem is addressed to Death. At the beginning the speaker states, “Death, be not proud” and at the end, “Death, though shalt die.” By framing...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2020 12:38 pm UTC

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In John Donne's "Holy Sonnet 6," how do Donne's paradoxical statements depend on a contrast. Are they effective?

In "Holy Sonnet VI," as in other sonnets by Donne (see especially "Holy Sonnet X" -- "Death be not proud..."), the poet presents a life/death paradox. Donne views death as merely a temporary rest...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2016 3:18 pm UTC

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After reading and analyzing "Meditation 17", what do you think Donne means when he says "affliction is a treasure."

What Donne is saying in the latter part of this meditation is that affliction is a treasure because it is through suffering that we are "matured and ripened by and made fit for God." The meditation...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2018 8:44 am UTC

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Could you please analyze John Donne's "Holy Sonnet IV" also known as  "Oh My Black Soul?"

In "Holy Sonnet IV," the metaphysical poet John Donne generates a powerful tension as meaning and emotion strive within and against the metrical form of the Petrarchan sonnet. Donne employs the...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2016 8:46 pm UTC

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How does the form of Sonnet XIV (Batter my heart) add to the meaning?

In this sonnet the three quatrain divisions each use a unique metaphor to explain the speakers feelings about being a sinner and his pleas to God to help him be a better person. In the first...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2010 5:43 am UTC

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What is the paraphrasable meaning of sonnet 17 from John Donne's Holy Sonnets?

Donne's 17th "Holy Sonnet" can be paraphased to determine its obvious "meaning," but it can also be analyzed to explore its effectiveness as a poem. The poem was almost certainly written in...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2011 6:42 am UTC

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What are some distinct characteristics of John Donne's "Holy Sonnets"?

Some of the traits often found in John Donne’s “Holy Sonnets” are already apparent in the sonnet usually printed as the first in the collection – the sonnet beginning “Thou Hast Made Me.” Here are...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2011 1:52 pm UTC

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In writing an essay on John Donne's "Holy Sonnet XIV," what would be a good thesis statement? In writing an essay on...

A good way to generate ideas for any writing about a literary text is to compare and contrast that text with another text. This process almost guarantees that your work will be detailed and...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2011 7:01 am UTC

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John Donne's Holy Sonnets

Could you please analyze John Donne's Holy Sonnet X,  "Death Be Not Proud"?

Donne begins the poem by noting that many have called Death (using capitalization to personify death as a being) "mighty and dreadful," although he is not. Lines 3-4 relate that the people who...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2010 3:44 pm UTC

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What are some distinct characteristics of John Donne's Holy Sonnets?

The poem usually presented as the first of the Holy Sonnets -- the poem beginning "Thou hast made me" -- exemplifies many of the thematic and stylistic traits of the sequence as a whole. Such...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2011 12:17 pm UTC

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What are some of the typical elements of John Donne's "Holy Sonnets," including formal elements, moods, themes,...

Although each of John Donne’s “Holy Sonnets” is by definition a unique and distinctive poem, the “Holy Sonnets” as a group nevertheless often share common traits. Among these traits are the...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2011 3:40 pm UTC

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What are some ideas for a literary argument essay about religious themes in John Donne's Holy Sonnet 10 ("Death, Be...

The two poems “Death, Be Not Proud” and “Batter My Heart, three-person'd God” are part of a series of nineteen poems called the Holy Sonnets, published in 1663, two years after John Donne’s death....

Latest answer posted May 2, 2016 8:44 pm UTC

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What effect does John Donne achieve in lines 5-7 of Holy Sonnet 7?

The Holy Sonnets all express something about the importance of faith and discuss the speaker's or man's relationship with God. Sonnet 7 discusses the importance of repentance of one's sins during...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2012 9:10 am UTC

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In Sonnet 17, how does John Donne present loss of a loved one throughout the poem?

In Sonnet 17, the speaker talks about the loss of his loved one (perhaps his/Donne's wife). He says she has "paid her last debt to Nature" and this means she has died. Evidently, she has died young...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2015 8:48 pm UTC

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What did Donne mean when he wrote "Meditation I"? How did he use metaphor? What message did he want to convey?

John Donne's Divine Meditations, sometimes also known as his "Holy Sonnets" were published posthumously, rather than during his lifetime, and seem to be private reflections on God and God's...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2015 12:01 pm UTC

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Which of John Donne's Holy Sonnets (perhaps more than one) could you argue has an interesting representation of...

In "Holy Sonnet VI," which begins “This is my play's last scene,” John Donne uses the metaphor of a play and of a race for the course of his life on earth. He represents “heaven” as the desired...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2020 10:11 pm UTC

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Is it possible to enjoy DONNE'S religious poems without sharing his religious beliefs?Discuss plz answer in detail

This is a splendid question. The short answer is a resounding "yes." The longer answer is more complicated. It is possible to enjoy Donne's religious poetry even if one disagrees with his religious...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2011 3:04 pm UTC

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What is important to include when writing an essay about the representation of divine in Donne's Holy Sonnets?

The representation of the divine in Donne's "Holy Sonnets" presents us with a picture of God as a stern, unbending taskmaster who places considerable demands on the devout believer. And in many of...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2020 8:33 am UTC

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How can Holy Sonnet XVII "commemorate the loss of his [Donne's] wife" if it was written before 1611 and she did not...

The best recent one-volume edition of Donne’s poems (The Complete Poems of John Donne, ed. Robin Robbins [Harlow: Longman/Pearson, 2010]) suggests a date for the composition of the poem from August...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2011 9:40 am UTC

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