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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 John Donne's "Holy Sonnet XIV," what would be a good thesis statement?

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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 focused.  A good poem to compare and contrast with sonnet 14 is sonnet 10, the one that begins "Death, be not proud." In comparing and contrasting the two poems, you might want to ask yourself such questions as the following:

* How do the tones of the speakers differ in each poem?

* Who seems powerful in each poem?  Who seems weak?

* How does the

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I am writing a critical essay on John Donne's "Holy Sonnet XIV", Can someone give me some key points on what to write on?

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You can have a dozen of options; for instance, you can tacle

1- the metaphysicality of the poem

2- experimentations on form and subject matter

3- the language of paradox, wit and argument 

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