“When I compare Donne’s poetry and W;t, I find that the differences between them are more significant than the similarities.” How well does this view of the texts reflect your own considered view? To compare is to examine two or more things in order to note the similarities and dissimilarities present between them. As you begin to compare the poetry of John Donne and Margaret Edson’s play W;t, the disparities between the two do much more in understanding the messages they are trying to convey than the similarities.
The concepts of Death and Life in John Donne’s Divine Meditation X John Donne “is considered the pre-eminent representative of the metaphysical poets. […] Donne's style is characterized by abrupt openings and various paradoxes, ironies and dislocations” (poemhunter). In his “Divine Meditation X” (also known as “Holy Sonnet X”), Donne addresses Death and presents an argument against its power. According to the speaker, such power is nothing but an illusion; so the end Death brings to men is just a temporary cessation from tediousness. Death’s power is subjected to other forces; it is a “slave to Fate, Chance, kings, and desperate men / And dost with poyson, warre, and sicknesse dwell…”
Petrarch’s Sonnet 292 and Donne’s poem, A Valediction Forbidding Mourning, depict a lover’s vulnerable separation. Although both present the idea of separation, Petrarch’s depiction speaks of a mournful melancholic state intensifying the feelings of lost love, conveyed by the use of various metaphors, dusky euphemism, and biblical allusion. Whereas Donne’s portrayal is based on divine eternity and everlasting love, as expressed through the use of buoyant diction, extended metaphors, and ________. Both poems also present a differ in structural techniques such as peripeteia or the “turn”, and rhyme scheme.
Discuss the treatment of individual desire in Barrett Browning’s Sonnets from the Portuguese and TGG. The interplay of love, mortality and identity as being intrinsic to the human experience has designed a society that is inherently infatuated by ones unique zeitgeist. Through a comparative study of F. Scott Fitzgerald 's novel The Great Gatsby and Elizabeth Barrett Browning 's Sonnets From The Portuguese these innate human desires can be inherently defined by their relationship to the historical context and social-milieu. The work of Fitzgerald therefore sees the exploration of the love in the 1920’s and its inherent spiritual failings due to the creation of a world dominated by materialism and hedonism.
Exigence: Bill Hughes’ “‘A devout but nearly silent listener’: dialogue, sociability, and Promethean individualism in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818)” is part of an academic conversation analyzing many late Romantic period poets and authors, such as Mary and Percy Shelley. Essentially, Hughes’ article is a continuation of Marilyn Butler’s work, which argues that “the second wave of Romantic poets, such as Byron, Keats, and Percy Shelley, pursued a neoclassical critical rationalism that retained the spirit of Enlightenment radicalism” (Hughes 1). To put it in Hughes’ own words, “[my] article argues that Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel, Frankenstein, continues that dialogism” (Hughes 2). Furthermore, Hughes analyzes the work of several other prominent
To conclude, both of the poems make their point, love cannot be defeated by distance. Moreover, John Donne and Anne Bradstreet prove with examples that love is so powerful, and by making that point, both of them are showing that their characters are going to be together no matter what. Probably they might find obstacles in their way; the physical presence does not matter and distance cannot separate what they feel for each other because their souls are going to be still connected just like one entity.
Introduction Modernism is best defined as the revolution of the old activities and recreation of traditional forms of art, architecture, literature, religious faith, philosophy, social activities of daily life, and even the sciences. Ideology is the system of ideas and ideals, especially those that form the basis of economic or political theory and policy. The poem under consideration is an examination of the tortured psyche of the prototypical modern man. The modern man is characterized by being overeducated, eloquent, neurotic, and emotionally stilted.
Edward Winslow was one of the 102 Mayflower passengers brave enough to leave all of his past life in England and begin a new life in the “New World” full of the unknown. Winslow was born on October 18th, 1595 in Worcester, England to Edward Sr. and Magdalene Winslow. He had four brothers, two sisters, and one stepbrother. Two years before setting sail on the Mayflower in the year of 1618, Winslow married Elizabeth Barker in Holland. In 1620, Edward and Elizabeth joined the Mayflower voyage to start their new life.
A comparative study of intertextual perspectives and contextual concerns in Fritz Lang’s film Metropolis and George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four enhances a responder’s appreciation of the power of literature to stimulate a sustained contemplation of transcendent values. Lang’s noncommittal and artistic portrayal of the dialectic between capitalist oppression and the proletariat revolution captures his deeply ambivalent attitude towards modernity and the social fragmentation of Weimar Germany. Additionally, Orwell espouses a need for equality and freedom through the lens of 1930s totalitarianism, providing a cautionary critique of the elite’s accumulation of arbitrary power and the complete subjugation of freedom. Hence, a comparative
TS Eliot talks about historical consciousness in his essay “Tradition and Individual Talent” in which he writes that even the most original artist of the modern age, is, infact, under the greatest obligation to the old masters of art and poetry. T.S Eliot has been widely appreciated for mirroring the sensibilities of the new age through a new idiom. New age is the time when an almost final break down of a pre-industrial way of life, and economy and also of the human values of agricultural life, the scientific revolution grasping the age-old values, and finally, the devastations caused by the two world wars and the fear that the human civilization may at any time be devoured by modern science brought about the changes in sensibilities which