Summary and Critical Analysis The poem The Ecstasy is one of John Donne's most popular poems, which expresses his unique and unconventional ideas about love. It expounds the theme that pure, spiritual or real love can exist only in the bond of souls established by the bodies. For Donne, true love only exists when both bodies and souls are inextricably united. Donne criticizes the platonic lover who excludes the body and emphasizes the soul.
He creates an eerie, bitter tone with an irregular meter and rhyme scheme. Shakespeare, in contrast, uses the regular meter and rhyme scheme of the English sonnet to portray his death in stark, gloomy tones and declare a simple love with the intention of inducing remorse and renewed affection in the addressee.
On this occasion the satisfaction the speaker foresees in death takes the form of a revenge fantasy in which he haunts a woman who has rejected him. The woman is directly addressed in tones of bitter resentment. Despite its seventeen lines, varied meter and irregular rhyme scheme, the poem is sonnet-like with an argument in three distinct parts and concluding rhyming triplet.
The irregularities are used by Donne to create a disconcerting arrhythmia which complements the bitter and eerie mood of his words.
The first five lines encapsulate the subject of the poem. It begins in iambic pentameter but the expected pattern is immediately broken by the short second and third lines. This foregrounds the rhyming lines one and four as the subject of the poem.
The geological term used metaphorically in a poem about spirits, sex and death may seem incongruous and yet mercury was believed to have supernatural properties, treat venereal disease and known to be poisonous which suit the themes perfectly.
As Donne warned in several of his sermons, death can come unexpectedly and one can find oneself suddenly facing the wrath of God or in this case, the speaker, with all ones sins upon one.
Shakespeare too uses the image of death in a direct address but I would argue, in a very different way. Donne portrays death as a transition to a higher more powerful state and wishes to induce supernatural fear and submission.
Shakespeare portrays death as an end, dwells upon the physical and psychological aspects of it and hopes to induce remorse and renewed affection. However William Nelles p argues passionately against reading the sonnets this way and accepting Shakespeare as speaker partly because so many lines reappear in his plays spoken by women.
The poem is in English sonnet form in iambic pentameter and has the three quatrains and a rhyming couplet of that form. The impression is of an ending with no suggestion of a spiritual reunion in an afterlife.
This life is the one which matters. Perhaps this is a worldly wisdom which fails to appreciate the relationship between a poet and his muse or lover or patron and the speaker would like the addressee to value that relationship a little more?
Both Donne and Shakespeare have used their own deaths as a way to effect change in the attitude of their addressees but whilst Donne takes satisfaction in the idea of haunting a woman who has scorned him and aims to produce fear in her, Shakespeare presents death as an end and uses imagery of decay and the language of love with the intention of inducing remorse and the renewal of affection.
Cambridge University Press  Kerrigan. Cambridge University Press  Nelles W. English Literary Renaissance ;39 1 pJohn Donne was the grandson of last week's poet John ashio-midori.com's not impossible that Heywood saw the young boy who would turn out to inherit his talents, growing up to take the verbal wit he so.
May 02, · Might I suggest some literary references for AA?:D John Donne's poem "The Apparition" is pretty hilarious and I think some of the lines would fit well with AA.
John Donne's poem "The Apparition" is pretty hilarious and I think some of the lines would fit well with AA. Although this is a lack of a device rather than an actual device, it is important to note that this poem is different to a majority of Donne's poetry in that it uses none of the extended metaphors known as conceits.
Buy a Kindle Kindle eBooks Kindle Unlimited Prime Reading Best Sellers & More Kindle Book Deals Free Reading Apps Kindle Singles Newsstand Accessories Content and Author: John Donne. Donne’s father, also named John, was a prosperous London merchant.
His mother, Elizabeth Heywood, was the grand-niece of Catholic martyr Thomas More. Religion would play a tumultuous and. THE APPARITION. by John Donne WHEN by thy scorn, O murd'ress, I am dead, And that thou thinkst thee free From all solicitation from me, Then shall my ghost come to thy bed, And thee, feign'd vestal, in worse arms shall see.