The Religious Agenda of John Donne and Francis Bacon

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The Religious Agenda of John Donne and Francis Bacon Discuss the significance of religious belief in writing you have studied on the course. Introduction The Renaissance period was marked with bouts of religious change, from the Protestant Reformation in Germany to the formation of the Church of England. Much of the literature published during the Renaissance was a reaction to these constant changes – the works of John Donne and Francis Bacon are no different. Donne and Bacon were prominent writers of their time. They were well-known for indulging in religious debate through their work, especially with relation to other societal issues such as the rise of science. Donne's Satire III highlights the issue of religious uncertainty…show more content…
He uses his priest-like tone at the end of the poem to encourage his fellowman to cement their relationship with God instead of pursuing a relationship with the church. Extended Metaphor Furthermore, Donne encourages people to find a spiritual or personal faith of their own through the extended metaphor of religion as a lady. He states, “Is not our Mistress, fair Religion/ As worthy of all our soul's devotion”. He presents religion in female form and lists men who seek a relationship with her. For example, Marcus seeks her at Rome, indicating that Marcus seeks the truth of religion in Catholicism. On the other hand, a 'Careless Phygrius' abhors all religion and dares not commit to one lest it be the wrong one. Here, Donne outlines the search for true religion via the points of view of different men, showing the different avenues others have gone down in the effort to find the true religion. And yet, despite all the various efforts to find the true religion, Donne states that all women are the same, just like religion. This controversial statement, at a time where differenent churches were forming, acts as a thinking point for society. Donne makes people re-think their confimority to church laws and encourages them to find true spirituality within themselves. Donne's purpose is clear: he is writing to convince himself and society that no matter what denomination one chooses to adhere to, they are all seen as one under the eyes of God. He concludes the

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