Religion And Sexuality In John Donne

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Religion and sexuality are not usually two topics that you would see or read about with one another. John Donne is an author whose poems manage to combine religion and sexuality to create a transformative experience for the reader within any generation. John Donne first practiced the Christian religion of Catholicism until he converted to Anglicanism in midlife. He became a preacher and was well praised for a lot of his sermons. As a result of this it isn’t surprising to find that a lot of his work is devoted to religion and his relationship with God. However, upon further examination of his works, we can tell that his relationship with God is intertwined with his relationships, both real and desired, with sex. First to begin to analyze Donne’s work we must acknowledge the fact that he’s labeled as a “metaphysical poet.” The term metaphysical, in regards to his poetry, is defined in the Collins English Dictionary as “poets who combined intense feeling with ingenious thought and often used elaborate imagery and conceits.” This definition describes Donne’s poetry perfectly because he utilizes “ingenious thought” or wit in his writings but also likes to include imagery and extended metaphors to help convey the message. To further explain how Donne conveys his message and combines religion with sexuality we will discuss a few of Donne’s work including The Flea and A Valediction: forbidding Mourning. Furthermore, in Donne's poem The Flea, the speaker is attempting to justify to
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