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Module A Quote Bank
John Donne and Margaret Edson
Terms in this set (13)
Donne's first provocative act is to break the traditional aubade form, where in the traditional aubade, the lover laments the imminent parting.
"Whether both the' India's of spice and Myne/Be where thou lefst them, or lie here with mee?,"
The bold hyperbole sets up the beginning of an extravagant conceit which personifies the sun
"Breach, but an expansion/Like gold to ayery thinnesse beate."
The simile and evocative analogy draw a link between the disparate lovers' relationships and a goldsmith's craft, suggesting that their deep human relationship, precious like gold, will not be separated but will be stretch. They can, therefore, admit absence where "sublunary lover" cannot.
presents the mutual valuing of knowledge between Bearing and Kelekian through the simultaneous monologue, dramatizing their powerful, clashing egos.
"...as research, [your treatment] will make a significant contribution to our knowledge," "Knowledge, yes."
Bearing recognises that she, whose whole life has been "research", has become a repository of knowledge herself.
"I know all about life and death,"
an irony since her study of Donne and death has taught her little about his approach to death. As a PhD in Donne's Holy Sonnet's, she believes that her awareness surrounding the concept of death is factual, rather than speculation.
though the conceit of personifying "Death", we observe the speaker's determined struggle to overcome his fear of death.
"Mighty and dreadfull", "art not soe,"
he is able to theologically confront Death
"And death shall be no more, Death thou shalt die,"
the final paradox harnesses the theological truth that Christ's death defeated Death, and so the persona finds his resolution to his fear
"For thus I leave the world, the flesh, and devil."
The final couplet, instructing God in the imperative to "Impute me righteous," demonstrates the persona's moment of transcendence into the spiritual world.
The Runaway Bunny
Edson's stagecraft is such that the picture book acts as an ironic symbol of innocence, truth and simplicity as she has positioned two academics of high intellect reading a children's book.
"A little allegory of the soul."
Through the symbolism of Bearing as the bunny, we see the shift as she moves from valuing rigorous intellect, to spiritual relationship. Ashford's allegory speaks to deep theological truth, presenting the conception that she is the embodiment of Edson as she comprehends the value of human and spiritual connection
"It's time to go. And flights of angels sing thee to they rest,"
Ashford's final blessing to Bearing draws on the intertextual allusion to Shakespeare's Hamlet so that it poignantly reassures Bearing that she can die peacefully as the spiritual world will take her, stressing Vivian's emotional shift. Death is " just a comma".
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