Four Pieces of English Literature
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The paper reviews John Donne's "The Canonization" that deals with the complexities of love, and looks at how the speaker describes the physical and emotional effects that love, romantic and courtly, have on individuals. The paper also examines Donne's "The Flea" and how it explores the metaphysical conceit of love. The paper then turns to "The Rape of the Lock," and analyzes how Alexander Pope plays upon literary conventions, exploring romantic pursuit and conquest and the reaction and behavior of the pursued. Finally, the paper examines "Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathan Swift, a satirist, essayist, and political pamphleteer, and discusses how "Gulliver's Travels" was intended to comment on human nature and was written to parody the popular novels of the time.
The Rape of the Lock
The Rape of the Lock
From the Paper:"John Donne's "The Canonization" deals with the complexities of love, a metaphysical conceit often explored through other writings. In "The Canonization," the speaker describes the physical and emotional effects that love, romantic and courtly, have on individuals.
"In the poem, the speaker dramatically describes the effects of love on himself and on his lover, insinuating that their love will become legendary and surpass them in death. Donne appears to identify love as a religious experience in which one must give themselves wholly in order to best appreciate the sentiment. It is important to note that canonization is the process that must be undergone in order to be recognized as a saint by the church. Much like the religious canonization, Donne comments on the efforts that must be undertaken by the two lovers in the poem in order to be commemorated for eternity. By juxtaposing religious and romantic canonization, Donne also comments on the innocence of love comparing it to the saintly lives led by religious men. Furthermore, Donne comments on the time lost pursuing love and tries to dismiss the improper connotations associated with the notion.
"The concept of time lost in the pursuit of love is also reflected in Andrew Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress." Published around the same time as Donne's "The Canonization," Marvell also comments on the time lost in the pursuit of love."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Abrams, M.H. et al, eds. The Norton Anthology of English Literature. New York, NY: W.W. Norton and Company, 1986. Print.
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