Brief summary of the poem The Canonization. The Canonization. by John Donne “The Canonization” starts with the poem’s speaker wanting to be left alone. John Donne: Poems study guide contains a biography of John Donne, John Donne: Poems Summary and Analysis of “The Canonization”. A reading of a classic Donne poem ‘For God’s sake hold your tongue, and let me love’: such an opening line demonstrates with refreshing.

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The speaker describes how dramatically love affects him and his lover, claiming that their love will live on in legend, even if they die.

Literary Analysis: John Donne’s “The Canonization”

The oneness, uniqueness and neutrality of their union to the outside world is suggested through this comparison. The poet’s tears have not overflowed even the farmer’s ground. This supports the Maven widget and search functionality. Reading of The Canonization. This is used to collect data on traffic canonizatuon articles and other pages on our site.

The poem seems to be written in reaction to the critics of his love-life. Rukhaya M K more. Theory and Criticism after Structuralism. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.


The speaker begs his friend not to disparage him for loving, but to insult him for other reasons instead, or to focus on other matters entirely. The world goes on, soldiers fight in wars and lawyers seek out clients who wish to sue someone, but my lover and I just love each other. Both male and female merge to form one androgynous being. The Problem of Literary Canon Formation. Paradox is Donne’s “inevitable instrument”, allowing him with “dignity” and “precision” to express the idea that love may be all that is necessary in life.


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Some articles have Vimeo videos jonh in them. In his analysis of “The Canonization”, critic Leonard Unger focuses largely on the wit exemplified in the poem. The poet presents to us a picture of martyrs as he portrays the lovers as flees who destroy themselves in order to prove their love.

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ExpressingHO July 20, at 2: More direct methods may be canonisation, but all of them enfeeble and distort what is to be said. We find a similar comparison in George Herbert’s poem “The Sacrifice”: Cornell University Press, This is an ad network. Soldiers find wars, and lawyers find out jonh Litigious men, which quarrels move, Though she and I do love. Javascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.

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Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. Grierson suggests that now they have been canonized: Thank you for this wonderful analysis.

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This is used to prevent bots and spam. Without it, “the matter of Donne’s poem unravels into ‘facts'”.

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They travel, csnonization try to get posts in in the government by virtue of flattery or cultivation of a king or a lord. And thus invoke us: Indeed, almost any insight important enough to warrant a great poem apparently has to be stated in such terms.


The poem features images typical of the Petrarchan sonnetyet they are more than the “threadbare Petrarchan conventionalities”. Who says my tears have overflowed his ground?

Prentice Hall Yale University Press, We die and rise the same, and prove Mysterious by this love. However, Brooks’s analysis is not the definitive reading of “The Canonization”.

But is, after all, love separate from God and saintliness? The impulsive and dramatic opening in John Donne’s “The Canonization” is characteristic of the poet. A Collection of Critical Essays. The University of Chicago Press, Cleanth Brooks argues that the phoenix, which means rebirthis a particularly apt analogy, since it combines the imagery of birds and of burning candles, and adequately expresses the power of love to preserve, dobne passion consumes.

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On whether to regard the equation of profane love with divine as parody or paradox, Guillory writes that “the easy translation of parody into paradox is occasioned by Brooks’s interest”. The poet does not consider physical passion xonne be considered canonzation ultimate aim of love, but only a stage of development in the process towards being canonized.

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