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English Literature. College of Foreign Languages China Three Gorges University. Teaching Outline. Finish “The Features of John Donne’s Poetry” & his influence 1 Review 2 John Milton 3 Paradise Lost. The Features of John Donne’s Poetry. 1 original images and conceits.

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English literature

English Literature

College of Foreign Languages

China Three Gorges University


Teaching outline

Teaching Outline

  • Finish “The Features of John Donne’s Poetry” & his influence

  • 1 Review

  • 2 John Milton

  • 3 Paradise Lost


The features of john donne s poetry

The Features of John Donne’s Poetry

  • 1 original images and conceits.

  • the imagery / the actual life.

  • It sucked me first, and now sucks thee,

  • And in this flea , our two bloods mingled be;

  • This flea is you and I, and this

  • Our marriage bed, and marriage temple is;


The features of john donne s poetry1

The Features of John Donne’s Poetry

  • 2 in the dramatic form of an argument

  • 3 use of colloquial speech

  • 4 witty

  • 5 flexibility of rhythm and meter

  • 6 humour

  • 7 reflect life


Influence

Influence

  • During the 18th -19th centuries / less appreciated

  • But in the late 19th - early 20th centuries/ T.S. Eliot/praised and imitated / modern poetic practice/ an acknowledged master.


Metaphysical poetry

Metaphysical Poetry

  • the poetry of John Donne and other 17th poets who wrote in a similar style. It is characterized by verbal wit and excess, ingenious structure, irregular meter, colloquial language, elaborate imagery, and a drawing together of dissimilar ideas.

  • the metaphysical conceit(奇喻)


The cavalier poets

The Cavalier Poets

  • knights and squires/ supported the king/ / short songs/ the flitting joys of the day/ pessimism

  • Sir John Suckling(1609-1642)

  • Richard Lovelace (1618-1658)

  • Thomas Carew (1598-1639)

  • Robert Herrick (1591-1674).


2john milton 1609 1674

2John Milton (1609-1674)

  • humanist ideals & Puritan morals

    Renaissance and Reformation/the Puritan Period (1649 - 1660 )

  • classic & revolutionary


2 1 life

2.1 Life

  • a Puritan family / educated at Cambridge/ hard-working

    “From my twelfth year I scarcely ever went to bed before midnight, which was the first cause of injury to my eyes”.

  • an active participant / a fighter

  • Latin Secretary

  • Imprisonment/ blindness


2 2works

2.2Works

  • 1 up to 1641 /humanist and Elizabethan

  • Lyric: Lycidas (1638)

  • 2 from 1641 to 1654 /the Puritan

  • The Reason of Church Government (1642)

  • The Defense of the English People (1650)

  • The Second Defence of the English People (1654)

  • 3 from 1655 to 1671/ humanist and Puritan


Long poems

Long Poems

  • Narrative (epic):

  • Paradise Lost (1665/ 1667)

  • Paradise Regained(1671)

  • Dramatic: Samson Agonistes(1671)

  • O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon,

  • Irrecoverably dark, total eclipse

  • Without all hope of day!


Famous sonnets

Famous Sonnets

  • Italian sonnet (Petrarchan Sonnet) / an octave(8 lines) /the rhyme pattern abbaabba / a sestet (6 lines) /various rhyme patterns such as cdecde or cdcdcd etc.

  • Shakespearean sonnet/ three quatrains / a concluding couplet


Famous sonnets1

Famous Sonnets

  • On His Blindness (1655 )

  • On His Deceased Wife (1658)


Collection

Collection

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