****** Poetry - Achsah Guibbory
- He communicates the sense that passion cannot be contained within regular iambic feet.
- Donne is describing love as it really is, from experience.
- He sought to capture the most unsettling and mysterious experience of human life and love.
- He writes as if discovering a new emotional world of desire, one whose terrain has never been explored before.
- He brings the reader into his poetry by writing recognisably, as most of us have been there, or hope to be.
- He brings love's philosophy down to earth, grounding it in concrete material experience.
John Donne - Achsah Guibbory
- Donne's poems expressed a strong independent spirit.
- The poems took a sceptical stance toward many recieved ideas and seemed written in a 'new made idiome'.
- Part of Donne's freshness comes from his intense analysis of important aspects of human experience such as:
- the desire for love,
- the desire to be purged of imperfection or sinfullness,
- the longing to defeat mortality.
- He explores the relationship between ****** love and human spirituality.
- His poetry speaks to needs and desires that seem to persist despite culutral and historical differences. He is therefore accessible, compelling and engaging.
Gender matters: the women in Donne's poems (differ
- Gender matters for Donne, who is constantly writing about women and gender roles, both explicitly and indirectly through analogy and metaphor.
- Donne rarely lingers over female physical appearence.
- Twentieth-century critics aqssume the women in Donne's poems to be:
- a shadowy figure,
- the object of male desire,
- a pretext for self-fashioning,
- a metaphor for the poets professional aspirations,
- a sex object to be circulated for the titilation and amusement of Donne's male coterie.
- His attitudes towards women, sexuality, and gender becomes more multi-faceted, more complicated, and less predictable than it might first seem.