John Donne and W; T Comparative Essay

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A text is essentially a product of its context, as its prevailing values are inherently derived by the author from society. However, the emergence of post-modern theories allows for audience interpretation, thus it must be recognised that meaning in texts can be shaped and reshaped. Significantly, this may occur as connections between texts are explored. These notions are reflected in the compostion of Edson’s W;t and Donne’s poetry as their relationship is established through intertextual references, corresponding values and ideas and the use of language features. Edson particularly portrays key values surrounding the notions of the importance of loved based relationships, and death and resurrection: central themes of Donne’s Holy Sonnets…show more content…
A possible passage through the American continent to the indies was earnestly being explored just as the poet's body was probably being probed and prodded to seek enlightenment or a successful path. This analogy is made clear by the clever extended pun on 'straits' as both a trade route and a personal dilemma. They are itemised so that the link is not missed for the Western Sea, to which all the straits led, also represents death and entry into the next life: "So death doth touch the Resurrection Likewise to John Donne, Edison engages with the concept of death and what, if anything comes after it. While Bearing does not openly ponder what comes after death in the play, she is tangibly struggling with the fear of death. Her own feelings are mirrored by Donne's "If poisnous minerals" is shown through her analysis. In her analysis she says, Donne "finds God's forgiveness hard to believe, so he crawls under a rock to hide." Rather than trust God's mercy "I want to hide. I just want to curl up into a little ball." Donne's poem If Poisonous Minerals has a direction relationship to the The Runaway Bunny read by Bearing in her childhood. It provides for her an allegory for God's mercy allowing her to

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