Wednesday, November 15, 2006

John Donne

John Donne initiated a movement refered to as "metaphysical poetry". Elements of this style include unexpected, fresh - even bizarre -concepts and delivery. He used unusual verse forms and obscure reasoning.

As a note: He published a radical piece entitle, "Biathanatos" in which he rationalizes that suicide is not a sin in itself. He was a bit preoccupied with death.

Donne had a wild, riches-to-rogue-to-rectory life. I learned in a poetry class that before he became a chaplain, his nick name was "Jake the Rake". As a result, his work reflects a deep profundity which illustrates his divided nature. Donne struggled with physical carnality versus spiritual purity. Somehow, he made them both pretty wonderful.


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