John Donne Analytical Essay by JPWrite

John Donne
An examination of the use of paradoxes in four poems by John Donne.
# 65394 | 2,045 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on May 08, 2006 in Literature (English) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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This paper examines how John Donne uses paradox to create a framework for his poems, which helps "paradoxically" to make the poems more coherent. The author points out that one of Donne's most widely studied poems "Holy Sonnet 14" is also one of his most paradoxical in that the poem deals with the simultaneously relationship of longing and resistance between the author and God. The other poems examines are "Resurrection, "Lover's Infiniteness" and "The Paradox" .

From the Paper:

"Donne now begins to make associations between the rightful ruler and the soul: "Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend, / But is captivated, and proves weak or untrue." Reason is the faculty of the mind, and conceived of as a viceroy is clearly supposed to rule the bodily appetites, according to the platonic conception of man. The linkage here is City, Viceroy, Reason, which in turn implies a parallel set that might go Usurper, The one meant to be ruled, bodily appetites. Donne's genius lies in mentioning the word "reason" before the word "viceroy," hence disrupting the progression in the readers mind in such a way as to keep the metaphor for become too obvious."

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