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Critical study of john donne

             Although all of Donne's poetry is often different in subject matter and form, "The Sunne Rising" can be shown representatively of his work, as they remain notably similar in tone and emotion to the other work he displays. Donne implies the same intellect, emotion and extremity though out all his poetry, whether it is a romantic love poem, such as "The Sunne Rising", presenting an idealised view of his love for the women he shares a bed with, or a religious sonnet, "batter my heart", a time where Donne was in conflict between sin and redemption, a very dramatic and powerful poem, forcefully demanding god to ravish him in order to make him pure. Donne constantly uses the same techniques of addressing the subjects with dramatic opening lines , conversational voice and clear development of ideas. His poetry is consistently erudite, ingeniously constructed and startling clever in the imagery and ideas that are presented. Incorporating clever conceits, syllogism, parodies and hyperboles. Donne was at liberty to employ all the faculties of his knowledge and intellect of science, geographic, physics and chemistry to create imagery to convey and express his emotional meaning. The ability to combine this intellectual effort and emotional expression so skilfully across subjects in his poetry clearly reflects Donne's unique blend of intelligence, learning , passion and deep spiritual conviction .
             A clear representation of this is depicted in "the sunne rising", a cleverly written mock abuade in the format of an intellectual argument. Donne displays his intellect as the persona's argument changes within the course of the poem and then concludes by equally, convincingly arguing the opposite point. For example in the first stanza, he curses the sun then commanding it to go away and annoy another. "Saucy, pedantic wretch, co chide late school-boys and sour prentices". Whereas in the last stanza he tells the sun to stay, "since thy duties be to warm the world, that's done in warming up.

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