"The Life of John Donne." Luminarium. 22 June 2006.

The second reason that this seduction poem is actually flattering rather than misogynistic is because the addressed female understands the incredibly witty argument made by the narrator. Not only that, but the she handles the wit of the argument so well she is able to further the argument herself by playing along with him. In “The Rhetoric and Poetry of John Donne,” Thomas Sloan argues that “Donne frequently does not hesitate to name, often by simile, the points of contact between a thought and its allegory, and in doing so, heightens the analogizing process” (41-42). Sloan’s claim here supports the argument that this poem is indeed flattering to women, namely because the woman in the poem understands the witty claims of the male.

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The Life of John Donne (1572-1631)

One of the most famous of Donne’s metaphysical conceits that these women, among other readers, would be need to understand appears in the poem “The Flea,” in which a flea functions as the premise of the argument that the narrator makes while trying to convince the addressed female to go to bed with him; this is also one of Donne’s more famous seduction poems Although this poem may seem misogynistic since it is a dramatic monologue in which the lady is given no voice and the narrator seems concerned with nothing more than sexual satisfaction, a closer reading of this poem also yields readers with the possibility that through the monologue, Donne is actually flattering women.

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These attacks of misogyny are not always merited, however. Even in poems in which the female voice is absent—especially in some of the seduction poems, in particular “The Flea” and “Elegy XIX”—it is obvious that Donne thought women honorable and intelligent. He must believe them honorable since the narrator is forced to use a grand amount of convincing to get the addressed woman to even consider granting his requests; he must consider them intelligent primarily because they play along with and rebuke the male narrator, thus implying they are smart enough to understand the complex wit of the arguments made by the narrator.

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Donne later summed up the experience: "John Donne, Anne Donne, Undone." Anne's cousin offered the couple refuge in Pyrford, Surrey, and the couple was helped by friends like Lady Magdalen Herbert, 's mother, and , women who also played a prominent role in Donne's literary life.


Donne's words throb in our ears in " Twicknam Garden ": "Blasted with sighs, and surrounded with tears" (1), and in "The Flea": "It suck'd me first, and now sucks thee" (3), and in "Loves Exchange":

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John Carey doesn't seem to think so. In Carey's words, "It is part of the strength of this poem that its argument is so weak" (Carey 199). Interesting, Carey. What makes you say that? According to Carey, "The speaker is plainly trying to convince himself, and failing so badly that he cannot even decide whether he wants to say sleep is better than death or vice versa" (199). Is that it then? That's how Donne fails to make his point? Do we detect a sense of bitterness in Carey's voice here, a sense of the stunned, shocked, and appalled that any Christian would dare slam death to the ground with an astounding hope in the resurrection of Christ? Carey's anger merely proves that Donne made a pretty strong dent in the armor of the self-lauding ignorant. Donne doesn't argue anything. Donne states his confidence over death with a ring of finality that is wholly and irrevocably undeniable by the world. In Christ, Donne achieved hope and confidence over death, and no amount of vehement backlash from pompous intellectuals like Carey will ever change that.

Nov 07, 2010 · The Wit of John Donne

These changes influenced Donne's attitude toward death, an attitude reflected in his poetry; but how, and in what ways? What is the change in his response to death between his Songs and Sonnets and his Holy Sonnets, and what does this change attempt to communicate to us? These are the questions that this essay will seek to answer. However, it must be remembered that this essay does not provide an exhaustive analysis of all Donne's work as it does not touch on every strand of poetry that he wrote, nor could it, to allow its case. Such a work is too large in scope to satisfy the constraints of this essay; and as a result, this analysis will undoubtedly leave out many important and interesting details that make up the complex individual that we know Donne to be; but this essay will open up a handful of poems in the Songs and Sonnets as well as the Holy Sonnets (all of which are taken from the acclaimed anthology of John Donne, The Complete English Poems compiled by C.A. Patrides) as a sample of the change in Donne that I suggest occurred.