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Metaphysical Conceits - H8
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According to the poem, why shouldn't death be proud? Whom must Death serve as a slave?("Death, Be Not Proud")
-If there is an afterlife death has no power because after death we get eternal life.
-fate, chance, kings, and desperate men
Explain how rest and sleep are the "pictures" of Death ("Death, Be Not Proud")
Abstinence of conscious living. Rest and sleep are harmless- essential to living
death- essential to living an eternal life
How does the sonnet resolve its paradoxes or seeming contradictions: that those who die do not die and that Death itself will die?("Death, Be Not Proud")
Because there is an afterlife
What is the speaker's tone in this poem? How does he feel toward Death? What specific words reveal his attitude? ("Death, Be Not Proud")
-fearless, taunting/mocking death
-calling it a slave
-last two lines in the poem
-poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
How would you paraphrase the simile in lines 1-8?
"As virtuous men pass mildly away,
And whisper to their souls to go,
Whilst some of their sad friends do say
The breath goes now, and some say, No:
So let us melt, and make no noise,
No tear-floods, nor sigh-tempests move;
'Twere profanation of our joys
To tell the laity our love." ("A Valediction:Forbidding Mourning")
-Comparing his parting from his love to parting from the world (death): soul leaving a body
he wants a happy ending(farewell) and not a sad one
The speaker tells his wife that their love is different from that of other couples. What difference does he see, and how does he express it? ("A Valediction:Forbidding Mourning")
He says they are different because they are not scared of the physical separation because they know they will always be with each other in spirit and emotionally
What do you think Donne refers to irregular events on earth and in the spheres in lines 9-12? What kind of event is like the separation of lovers?("A Valediction:Forbidding Mourning")
She is mentioning the irregular events because she is scared something bad will happen when they are separate. The Event is similar to death.
How would you explain the conceit Donne uses in lines 25-36?What does it suggest about the nature of love?
If they be two, they are two so 26 As stiff twin compasses are two; 27 Thy soul, the fixed foot, makes no show 28 To move, but doth, if the other do. 29 And though it in the center sit, 30 Yet when the other far doth roam, 31 It leans and hearkens after it, 32 And grows erect, as that comes home. 33 Such wilt thou be to me, who must, 34 Like th' other foot, obliquely run;Thy firmness makes my circle just, 36 And makes me end where I begun.
("A Valediction:Forbidding Mourning")
Love should be emotional and not physical the couple should act as 1 soul and not 2 separate beings- they should love each other as themselves
Why do you think the speaker insists that the lovers actually unite as on person?("A Valediction:Forbidding Mourning")
always together spiritually
Do you think the poem comforted Mrs. Donne? Why or why not?("A Valediction:Forbidding Mourning")
Yes, because he is saying no matter how far he goes they will still be together
what does "thine" refer to in line 8 of "to celia" ("Song: to Celia")
It is referring to his love and that he would always love her
Explain what constitutes a metaphysical conceit
a complex, and often lofty literary device that makes a far-stretched comparison between a spiritual aspect of a person and a physical thing in the world.
How would you paraphrase lines 9-16? ("Song: to Celia")
The speaker gave her a wreath that would not wither away. She breathed on it and gave it back to him. He notices that it doesn't smell the same. She has given the gift to make the relationship stronger
What do you think it means to "drink" and "pledge" with the eyes? ("Song: to celia")
To commit to someone by sharing a drink and pledging by just giving eye contact
Jonson borrowed some of the features from "On my first son" from latin works: the direct address to the dead boy in line 9 and the first three words go the epitaph, or inscription, "here doth lie..." But the idea that his son is his best poem is original to Jonson. What do you think? ("On my first son")
Opinion-connected to Jonson's love for his son
Why can early death of a boy named Benjamin be regarded as ironic? ("On my first son")
Its not lucky to die young
how would you paraphrase lines 9-16 of "To Celia"
he gave her a wreath, she breathed on him and sent it back, she is giving a gift to him making their relationship stronger
what does "thine" refer to in "To Celia"
thine is referring to his emotions for his lover
What comfort does Jonson suggest is possible in lines 7-8? ("On my first son")
He suggested his pain is because he loved his son too much. He says his son is better off because he will not have to endure the troubles of the world.
To whom is the speaker talking? what do you think might have occasioned this poem?
He is looking for love
in the second stanza, what does the speaker say to the listener?
There is no such thing as a true and fair woman
in the last stanza what does the speaker say he will do?
He said he will not go on a pilgrimage
what hyperbole does the speaker use to make his point?
there is not a single woman in the world that will live up to his dream
How could the speakers tone be described?
he is being harsh and he doesn't want the listener to waste any time.
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