John Donne Was A Metaphysical Poet Who Wrote Of Love And

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John Donne was a metaphysical poet who wrote of love and religion. Metaphysical poetry is characterized as being difficult poetry that questions life and religion. John Donne’s poetry was published in 1633, but no one knows the exact date most poems were written. John Donne present many realistic types of love through monologue characterizations. In the poems The Flea, The Canonization, and A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning, Donne presents raw sexual love, boastful love, and true spiritual love. The speaker in The Flea is presented as a very lustful ,self-gratifying smooth talking male who is trying to convince a woman to have sex with him. To convey this message, he down plays the importance of sex by saying “Mark but this flea, and…show more content…
As a result, if she has sex with him nothing bad will happen and she will still have her honor. The speaker in The Canonization is a boastful, love-struck male defending his love to a stranger . In the beginning, the speaker is irritated at the fact someone have the audacity to question his love. The speaker can not figure out why anyone would have a problem with his love since his love has not hurt anyone. The speaker then realizes he do not need to justify his love but tell the stranger how wonderful it is. The speaker believes that their love has made them special and that their bond is strong. This idea is expressed by saying ”Call 's what you will, we are made such by love ;/ Call her one, me another fly,/ We 're tapers too, and at our own cost die” (28-30. The fly and candle conveys two images of lustfulness. The fly is a symbol of lust and an analogy to a candle is used to say they need each other to burn. The speaker then convey the idea that their bond is not of a lustful nature by saying they are like the eagle and dove who combined to make one strong neutral being- the phoenix. The speaker finishes this thought by saying ”We die and rise the same, and prove/ Mysterious by this love./ We can die by it, if not live by love” (26-28). In a boastful tone the speaker is saying even though they go through the same process as the phoenix , it is their
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