Saturday, August 3, 2019

John Donne Holy Sonnets Essay -- essays research papers

John Donne   Ã‚  Ã‚  Ã‚  Ã‚  Death is a very complicated subject that people view very differently in different situations. In John Donne’s Holy Sonnets, he writes about death in Meditations X and XVII. Both meditations use many similar rhetorical devices and appeals, but the tones of the meditations are very disparate. Donne’s different messages in Meditations X and XVII convey tones of defiance and acquiescence towards death, respectively. His apparent change of attitude towards death could be accounted for by his differing life situations while he was writing the meditations: mid-life, and near-death.   Ã‚  Ã‚  Ã‚  Ã‚  Ã¢â‚¬Å"Meditation X†, which Donne wrote in mid-life, has a very defiant and powerful tone. Donne begins the meditation by defying normal views of death, and saying how â€Å"death, be not proud† (Donne). In deprecating death, Donne shows how he does not fear something which mortals usually fear. His reckless mockery of death is his appeal to pathos, specifically the human emotion of happiness and determination to live; â€Å"Meditation X† is a battle against an inevitable, insidious, and metaphysical force. In â€Å"Meditation XVII†, Donne begins instead by deprecating himself, conceding that he â€Å"may think [himself] so much better than [he is]† (Donne). This concession conveys a much more acquiescent and passive tone, appealing instead to the human emotions of melancholy and yearning to understand and accept death. Logos is also manipulated by Donne in...

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