Additional thoughts on Donne

We have studied quite a selection of Donne’s poetry and, if you were to draw conclusions based upon the poetry we have studied to date, you might think he was  a bit of a love sick puppy dog. In truth, and as you know from your biographical research, Donne was very conflicted particularly around issues of religion and mortality.

Task: Read three of Donnes Holy Sonnets. On your initial observations, how do they differ from the poetry you have read so far? Decide on the one you are most comfortable with. 

Do a little wider research to discover what you poem is about. Schmoop has some nice summaries that will help you understand what Donne is talking about.

Death, be not proud (Holy Sonnet 10)

Batter my heart (Holy Sonnet 14)

At the round earth’s imagined corners (Holy Sonnet 7)

Task: Read the summary of your chosen poem and annotate your copy based upon what you learn. Try to avoid using the other pages for literary features for the time being. Test yourself; se if you can identify them yourself. 

These poems use a strict structure: the Petrarchan sonnet.

Task: Read about this form here and identify the features in your chosen poem.




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