"Which Do You Prefer John Donnes Religous Or Love Poetry. Support Your Arguement With Reference To Donnes Poetry"

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John Donne's religious and love poetry are both the same in terms of quality and preference, mostly due to their similarity in terms of content and technique. "The Flea" is one example of Donne's love poetry and the great deal of effort that he puts into its composition and argumentative structure. This is of equal preference to the religious poem "Death be not Proud", wherein Donne displays his gift of (in his time) great freshness and originality in the abuse of the personified Death. This is similar to Donne's love poem "The Sun Rising" - except that he has switched from the revered (and feared) Death to The Sun for his verbal abuse. Donne also strays from the traditional religious poetic content in his "Batter my heart", in which he commands God to destroy and remake him. All of Donne's poems are in a unique field of their own when compared to other composers - though criticism can be leveled at Donned work in its repetitiveness when compared to other of Donne's works.Donne's "The Flea" is contrasted to the religious poems in its almost comical argumentative tone and content. The poem is centered around Donne's courting of a woman, and his encouragement of physical intimacy - in which he uses a flea for an example. "It suck'd me first, and now sucks thee, and in this flea our two bloods mingled be" is used by Donne as a metaphor for intimacy throughout his argument. This shows Donne's creativity in his writing in the use of such a unique and unlikely conceit for a poem. Donne then goes further in his argument - the flea becomes an icon of religion and marriage- which means that their union, through accumulation, "cannot be said a sin, nor shame, nor loss of maidenhead". At the end, Donne displays the cleverness of his argument when the woman kills the flea - to which Donne counters that the fleas death would have no more effect than their intimacy.The religious poem "Death be not Proud" also shows great originality of content and design that has become common among Donne's poetry. Donne verbally abuses the fearsome entity of Death by claiming that in the afterlife, paradoxically "Death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die". Donne even describes the personified death as "slave to Fate, chance, kings, and desperate men" through accumulation. Donne claims that "One short sleep past, we wake eternally", which metaphorically refers to heaven - a place where nobody dies, therefore death must. This poem shows Donne's ability to act outside traditional concepts of plot and theme that bound many poets of his time and is common through the entire range of his poetry - both love and religious. One such example is the condescending tone in "... die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me". The "deity abuse" is also...

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