John Donne Poetry - Context

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What did the context of discovering new worlds, maps and geography mean?
In the time of Donne's poetry this referred to the notion of Elizabethan voyaging and the idea of discovery and exploration. This links to the discoveries made by Christopher Colombus.
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What did the contextual point of politics, government and kingship relate to in reference to the time of Donne's poetry?
The idea of politics, government and kingship relates to the "Divine Right of King" and the Elizabethan idea of natural order which meant that the universe depended on a hierarchal orer headed by a noble king.
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What did alchemy, astronomy and science link to in relation to the context of Donne's poetry?
Alchemy relates to the early medieval science that involved the discovery of the "philosophers stone" that allowed base metals to turn rocks and to transmute them into gold.
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How had the scientific endeavour changed in Donne's time then?
The scientific endeavour and human search for knowledge about the world actually challenged the medieval notion that the natural world could only be explained by reference to God's divine plan.
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What took place of religious speculation?
Rational enquiry did
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What story was Rational enquiry illustrated in?
The story of Galileo Galilei as he prepounded the theory of the planet's that revolved round the sun rather than the earth being the centre of the universe.
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Were Galileo's views met with suspicion or not?
Yes they were. Particularly by the church. Galileo was forced to recant his views by the Inquisition in 1633.
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How does Donne and religion link together in terms of context to his poetry?
When Donne was writing his poetry he was writing in a troubled and difficult time as Donne decided to renounce his Catholic faith and decided to adpot Anglicanism.
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What was this change of faith viewed as?
As an act of expediency that was only carried out in order to safeguard his position and life.
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What was Donne's religious imagery referred to having?
It was referred to being distinctly full of Catholic references.
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What had biographers argued though?
That Donne had never really recovered in spiritual terms and that he hadn't recovered from his betrayal of what he must unconsciously have considered "true religion."
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