The Relic

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  • The Relic
    • Form:
      • Lyric poem consisting of three stanzas of 11 lines each
    • Structure:
      • AABBCDDCEEE rhyme scheme.
        • complex meter
          • iambic: develops poems thematic development
            • Lines 1-5 Iambic tetrameter
            • Line 6 pentameter
    • A  satirical poem about platonic love
    • Relic: part of  deceased person's body or belongings thought to be holy
    • Stanza 2
      • Sexton may disinter him in a time of 'misdevotion'
        • Misdevotion =  Catholic churchs adoration of relics
        • Will take the bones to the king and bishop
    • Stanza 3:
  • Themes & Concepts
  • Links to:
  • We Harmless Lovers wrought
    • Their love was ideal and chaste
    • Platonic love.
  • Donne talks about the platonic love he shared with his lover
    • Stanza 3:
    • Their love is socially acceptable
  • 'Seals' =Their clothes
    • Seal = Renaissance conceit for coochie

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