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The Metaphysical poetry and John Donne
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Metaphysical poetry
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1. 'Metaphysical' means 'concerned with the fundamental ________ of the nature of the universe and the function or place of ________ in life'.
2. The metaphysical poets' works date back to the 17th century and embodied the intellectual and ________ crisis of the difficult ________ from the Renaissance to the Modern Age.
3. The poet was a man of '________', sensitive, cultured and clever, and able to create metaphors and images that could ________ the reader.
4. Metaphysical poetry is full of references to a lot of subjects, from religion to astrology, from ________ to philosophy.
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John Donne: works
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A: Anti-Anglican pamphlets
B: Comedies
C: Divine Poems
D: Holy Sonnets
E: Love lyrics
F: Theatre
G: Satires
H: Plays and Songs
I: Tragedies
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Metaphysical poets: style
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The most important characteristic of Metaphysical poetry is the '________', an unusual and intellectual kind of ________, where the poet uses all fields of ________ for comparison. Paradox, epigrammatic conciseness and the example of drama are also exploited. Donne uses words and rhythms which he ________ from common people around him, and composed mostly dramatic ________. His poems ________ in the very heart of the argument. The '________' of the Metaphysical poets was rich and varied, with words from Latin and Anglo-Saxon.
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Metaphysical poets' reputation
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The Metaphysical poets used few verse-forms in their works and did not have a favourite convention. They were exalted during the 18th century, because in that period obscurity was requested. There was a revival of their works with Ezra Pound, who understood the lightness of their art, their spirit of revolt, their intellectualism and their affinities with old interests.
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John Donne: life
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1. John Donne was born in London in ________.
2. In ________ he entered the Inns of Court, in London, to study law.
3. In ________ he was appointed private secretary to Sir Thomas Egerton, and his prospects of a successful career were bright.
4. After his marriage with Egerton's niece, Ann More, in ________, he lost his job.
5. He had strong potential as a religious thinker and preacher, so he took holy orders in the Anglican Church in ________.
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John Donne: works
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: John Donne wrote his early love lyrics Songs and Sonnets and satires in the last years of the 16th century.
B: He wrote the famous poem A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning after a diplomatic mission to Greece, which kept him away from his wife for a certain period of time.
C: He wrote his main literary achievements, such as Divine Poems and two anti-Catholic pamphlets, in the same period.
D: He still wrote poetry, particularly his Holy Sonnets, after his wife's death.
E: He went on writing love poetry after his wife had died.
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John Donne's poetry: general features
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A: Biology
B: Conceit
C: Clarity
D: Hope
E: Tragedy
F: Metaphors
G: Dramatic monologues
H: Optimism
I: Vivid speech
J: Varied register
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John Donne's life: curiosities
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1. John Donne was not ________.
2. He inherited some money which he used for ________, literature, womanising and other ________.
3. King James I obliged him to become an Anglican ________.
4. He was one of the greatest ________ of all times.
5. His ________ attracted huge crowds to London like ________ or concerts do today.
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John Donne's poetry: imagery
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1. Donne's poetry is characterised by the ________ of what is conventionally ________.
2. He is attracted both by the physical body and the ________ one.
3. In his poems, ________ is created by the struggle between physical and spiritual.
4. In the Divine Poems, ________ metaphors are frequently used along with metaphors of physical love.
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John Donne's poetry: imagery
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A: 'Death' is a really powerful image in Donne's poetry and is often associated with darkness and sickness.
B: A crucial image in his poems is the 'universe': the lovers are the universe and their love embraces it.
C: The image of 'youth' is that of a permanent presence.
D: In Songs and Sonnets he changed the concept of love and women set by Petrarch's love poetry.
E: He emphasised women's inconstancy and described several female characters, from the innocent girl to the mature experienced woman.
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