March 21, 2013
AP English IV
Ms. Saunders’ Class
John Donne was a very interesting writer of his time period. His writing and poetry was exquisite and very much related to his life and life style. He is a metaphysical writer, which is often referred to as writing in the seventeenth-century that is intelligent and philosophy based, but is completely eccentric. At the beginning of his career, he wrote about popular discussions that were being made, such as the legal system, during the time he was writing. He did this a lot throughout his life and his writing usually was directly related to the poems that he was writing. John Donne’s poetry shows how he views ...view middle of the document...
This is a very awkward way to look at the situation. Another poem that expresses his opinion on love is “Elegy XIX”. In this poem, Donne’s is very graphic in what he is describing sexually. In the poem, he even says “full nakedness” when describing his woman of choice. As in many of his other poems about love, he does not give the woman much a role other than what the man is having or saying she is doing. For instance, in this poem the woman is just undressing herself ("To His Mistress Going to Bed"). These poems make it clear how John Donne’s felt about love and what it actually meant to him. He looked at women as something that was just good on the eyes and he wanted women to do what he wanted them to do. As these poems show how he felt about love, many of his poems also showed how he felt about death.
In the middle to the end of John Donne’s life, he began to write about death and the declining of the world and what it’s known for. His writing became very dark and he seemed to have been waiting on the worst ("John Donne"). He makes it known that day by day, things are growing older and coming much closer to the end of time in his poetry of this time. But he also makes it known that Heaven is eternal. In the poem, “Death Be Not Proud”, applies personification to death which make it bearable ("Death Be Not Proud Analysis"). He makes it known that death cannot overtake anything that we do not allow it to take over as human beings. By Donne’s applying personification in this poem to death, it gives death all human life qualities. Therefore, he makes it seem as if death can be defeated when it is exposed to pain. But he also makes it clear that death is not always something that should be feared, that it is weak and unimportant ("Death Be Not Proud Analysis"). His point after all of this is to make it clear that he is going by the belief that he believes is eternal life. Although these poems demonstrate his thoughts on death, he also has many opinions on his own religious beliefs.
John Donne’s became a Priest later on his life and this was extremely surprising due to the fact that sometimes he displayed a lack of faith. But...