StudentShare solutions
Triangle menu

Modern Poems - Book Report/Review Example

Not dowloaded yet

Extract of sample
Modern Poems

Exploiting the duality between spiritual love has a Neoplatonic cast in the early seventeenth century when the dominant philosophy was still that of the Renaissance rather than that of the Enlightenment (Yates). Marvell undoubtedly reacts to Donne's work, perhaps in a satirical fashion.
Smith, in the notes to his edition of Donne (405), refers to the 1640 biography of the poet by Izaak Walton the claim that Donne wrote the Valediction as addressed to his wife on the occasion of a trip to France in 1611 that enforced a lengthy separation of the couple, though without giving the account much probability. In any case, it was occasioned by some kind of parting, as the title Valediction demonstrates. But the poem does not merely address that or any particular relationship so much as treating love in the broadest terms. The first stanza begins a lengthy metaphor describing how the soul may leave the body at death with such subtlety that those in attendance on the sick bed cannot tell at what moment life ended. In the second stanza, Donne advises his lover to show no more outward sign of the interrupted course of their love than that undetectable change between life and death. Donne refers to those who are insufficiently subtle to notice such a distinction as the "laity" (l. 8). This metaphor casts their love as a religious secret known only to the lovers as its priesthood, which would be profaned if outwardly revealed by signs of mourning at the absence of the beloved.
The third stanza makes clear the relationship between the lesser and the greater of the two terms of the simile between the detection of death and love. Death is like an earthquake, publicly bewailed and queried as an omen. But love is like the infinitely greater movement of the heavenly sphere which the public does not search for meaning. This is a very difficult passage. In view of the prevailing belief in astrology in Donne's lifetime (Shumaker 1-41), one might rather expect the stars to be looked to as bringers of "harms and fears" (l. 9), to have their meaning reckoned, and to be anything but innocent. However much Christianity or rational skepticism might deny the validity of divination, the motion of the stars and particularly astrology, were far more prominent than earthquakes as evil portents in the popular imagination and in literary tradition. Donne makes earthquakes the subject of interrogation for meaning, a very clear acceptance of their status as omina within a system of divination. So why are the planetary spheres and their system of astrology different; how are they 'innocent" (l. 12) Given the early date of Donne's life, one can hardly appeal to the new astronomical science of Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler, and Galileo that slowly separated astronomy from astrology, as the basis of Donne's conceit. The only way out seems to be an appeal to skepticism about astrology prominent in influential ancient authors like Cicero (On Divination 2.41.87-47.99) and Augustine (Confessions, 4.3.4; 7.5.7-7.11). In this case Donne's conceit could be that disbelief is more refined than the common belief, and skepticism stands for the secret wisdom of Donne's love. Or, perhaps the point is that profane love is no more like spiritual love than an earthquake is like celestial mechanics.
In the fourth and fifth stanzas (ll. 13-20), Donne ...Show more

Summary

John Donne's Valediction: Forbidding Mourning and Andrew Marvell's The Definition of Love both make extensive use of the metaphysical conceit, "a comparison, often elaborate, extended, or startling, between objects which are apparently dissimilar" (Beckson and Ganz 45)…
Author : gerlachmicaela
Modern Poems essay example
Read Text Preview
Save Your Time for More Important Things
Let us write or edit the book report/review on your topic
"Modern Poems"
with a personal 20% discount.
Grab the best paper

Related Essays

Poems Book Report/Review
"The Nymphs reply to the Shepherd". In the Walter poem, he debunks the shepherds visions. He shows how the gifts can only die and ruin and cannot stand the test of time. Either way the poems interact with one another. They do this by one speaking, and the other responding.
3 pages (750 words) Book Report/Review
Poems of Friendship by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
His was a huge influence on the shaping of a poetic form which was open and free, natural and accessible. As the word 'conversation' suggests, the poem represents or reflects just that, the ease and flow of conversation or speech. In essence, the tone is relaxed and informal, a naturalistic linguistic style which is easily understood by any reader, yet containing a serious or important message, which the poet wishes to share.
6 pages (1500 words) Book Report/Review
Anylizing Poetry
Stallworthy's poem, 'Sindhi Woman' is a modern poem of a foreign observer looking at a Sindhi woman in a bazaar. Sindhi Woman is a more modern although closed form of rhyming in poetry, it has no metrical pattern therefore it is a free verse. It could be comparable to Stevie Smith's simple and quick witted form of poetry but the theme of the poetry is almost like an observation and it has empathies put in the form of metaphors as to the Sindhi woman's situation in life.
4 pages (1000 words) Book Report/Review
Romantic Poems
The thesis argues that January, 1795 is the antithesis of The Prelude, Book Seventh, Residence In London, lines 624 - 741. January, 1795 has beautiful rhyme and rhythm. Each line has eight syllables giving perfect rhythm to the poem. For example, when the first two lines are read, it is realised that each line contains exactly eight syllables; 'Pavement slipp'ry, people sneezing, / Lords in ermine, beggars freezing ; / '.
6 pages (1500 words) Book Report/Review
Poems
I will also bring into the frame of reference some biographical details and some relevant material from his letters, which will help to substantiate some of the meaning in his work. Principally this paper will concern itself with the themes and imagery to be understood and deciphered from Byron's use of language in Don Juan via close reading and analysis.
8 pages (2000 words) Book Report/Review
Satire in Jonathan Swift's Poems
These poems have been illustrative of the satirical merit of the poet. The critics of Swift have always been in praise for the prominence of the satire of Swift. It is most significant to note satire in Swift was the most favourite tool in the hands of the artist and various characteristic features of his satire make it most recognised in literature.
8 pages (2000 words) Book Report/Review
Companion Poems
With these two poems Ralegh and Marlowe unravels different faades of personality that help the readers to understand their own basic tenets. Their poems "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" and "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" give readers a brief but thorough tour of all that is best words of the contemporary pastoral tradition in poetry.
4 pages (1000 words) Book Report/Review
Poems of Tevfik Fikret and Mehmet Akif Ersoy
Their Seljuk and Ottoman poetry (from the thirteenth century well into the twentieth), steeped in mainstream and heterodox Islamic mysticism, abounds in rhapsodic invitations to the paradise f divine and human love. In the same period the poets f the rural areas often tried to give their listeners enticing glimpses f paradise on earth.
10 pages (2500 words) Book Report/Review
Poems Comparison
There is no irony or sarcasm in this poem, when compared with the other two. Barbie Doll refers to the chilling stereotyping a young girl, growing up, is subject to. She is expected to conform to unrealistic standards of beauty and behavior, to become a pleasing, plastic, plaything, and forget her own individuality.
2 pages (500 words) Book Report/Review
Book review of Women's Poetry: Poems and Advice by Daisy Fried
Interestingly, she appears to watch Justin and Brianna, who supposedly engage in a discussion of a missed job opportunity. Besides being real to
1 pages (250 words) Book Report/Review
Get a custom paper written
by a pro under your requirements!
Win a special DISCOUNT!
Put in your e-mail and click the button with your lucky finger
Your email
YOUR PRIZE:
Apply my DISCOUNT
Comments (0)
Rate this paper:
Thank you! Your comment has been sent and will be posted after moderation