John Donne Love Poetry

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W.H. Auden in his prose book “The Dyers Hand and Other Essays” suggests “What makes it difficult for a poet not to tell lies is that, in poetry, all facts and all beliefs cease to be true or false and become interesting possibilities…It may not, perhaps, be absolutely necessary that he believe it, but it is certainly necessary that his emotions be deeply involved, and this they can never be unless, as a man, he takes it more seriously than as a mere poetic convenience.” It is Donne’s sensibility and his personal experiences which are revealed with a vibrancy of language in his love and religious poetry that make him stand out as a distinguished poet compared with his contemporaries. John Donne's poetry does not portray the unchanging…show more content…
Petrarchan poets in the contrary usually sang about pains and sorrows of love, or sang of the joy of his love with an exalted feeling, or praised and celebrated the beauty of his beloved who is considered to be superior and unapproachable and the only way to approach being through these poems which sang venerations to her. Further another common characteristic seen courtly love and petrarchan poems is that the lover becomes his lady’s servant and cope with her steady cruelty to prove his valor and faithfulness. The petrarchan poets also usually borrowed images from nature which made the poetry a tame and mechanical element which did not possess the originality and true feelings of man. “Her gestures, marked with gracious pity, and her bittersweet lamenting, which I heard, made me unsure: a mortal or a goddess? She made the sky grow clear and bright all round.” On the contrary Donne’s poetry is different from the Patriarch in his attitude towards love. Donne possess an intellectual view to this theme that both man and women are not superior than each other but are mere people, he got rid of the notion of women worship which was a central characteristic of the Patriarch. This notion is clearly brought out in Donne’s “Undertaking”, “If, as I have, you also do Virtue attired in woman see, And dare love that, and say so too, And forget the he and she;” John Donne’s Love Poetry and His Intense Personal Moods R. C. Bald in his biography of Donne,
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