Reflection Of Donne And Milton

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Donne and Milton are metaphysical poets writing in the 17th century. The “Holy Sonnets” and “Paradise Lost Book 1 and 2” by Donne and Milton respectively, focuses on the theme of Religion. My analysis will constitute of the following poetic techniques: personification, allegory and tone which I will use to show how both poets are similar, or different and how both uses different styles of writing to celebrate faith.
Personification is a technique used by Donne and Milton and it refers to something general or abstract as if it were an individual. However, despite their similarity, both poets have a different standpoint on death`s creation, its nature and its intricate link to Religion. Death, in the Bible, is principally the result of Sin,
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Tone refers to the author`s attitude to the reader or subject matter. Both poets use tone to express their deeper feelings or passion towards God and Religion. While for Donne, it takes an emotional and at times even sexual turns, Milton is more concerned about socio-political issues and religious reforms. Donne as the “I” figure engages in a conversation with God in his poem, and he intensifies the connection with God in his angry, violent and rebellious tone for example when he says “nor yet canst thou kill me”4 His tone often grows commanding, “Batter my heart,” or even sexual6 “But I am bethrothed” However, this close relationship is often problematic; for example, he addresses God as “dear Christ.” As such, Donne, as a humanist, depends on God , and simultaneously views religion or God as something attainable. His tone also demonstrate his love for God, similar to the Anglican Doctrine of “Love for God” Through his tone, aspects of the Doctrine of Contrition that is the “act of repentance of past sins” and the complete surrender to God is noted. In contrast, Milton distances himself from the narrative of the epic and his tone is most of the times determined, rebellious and satirical, which is why his work was subject to religious censorship. For him, Sin is the creation of Satan, and this gives repentance a new dimension because all humans are prone to
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