W; T and Donne Essay

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To what extent has the comparison you have made between W;t and Donne’s poetry shown how particular concerns, although timeless, impact differently on individuals in different contexts? John Donne a metaphysical poet from the 17th Century examines death and elements of the human conditions through his poems ‘Death be not Proud,’ ‘The Relic’ and ‘A Valediction; Forbidding Mourning.’ The conditions of humanity, death and pain are then recreated in the comparative text W;t by Margaret Edson. The particular concerns that Donne highlights in his poetry fashion the axis on which W;t rotates. The impact of the 17th Century context caused Donne to reject the medieval ideals about death. Edson constructs her protagonist to flow parallel to John Donne’s philosophies, resurrecting the metaphysics he made timeless. The body encompasses the metaphysical emotions that humans experience. The particular concern of death is paramount to the work John Donne has written. In ‘Death be not Proud’ Donne personifies death, humiliating its existence ‘Death shall not be proud.’ The 17th Century poet claims Death to be insignificant, thus telling his audience that it should not be feared. It is here that Donne rejects the medieval ideals of death being daunting. Donne refuses to glorify death. Margaret Edson carries the particular concern of death being insignificant by having her protagonist say ‘I know for a fact I am tough.’ Vivian uses Brechtian technique to address the audience, which is fitting due to the uncomfortable topic of death. The individual is then persuaded to believe that death is not an obstacle, but a mere experience. Regardless of the large spatiotemporal gap between the 17th and 20th Centuries, death is no more than a phase than a rite of passage. Edson resurrects death ‘Deathcapital D-comma-thou shalt not die’ by emphaising the importance of what surround death. Thus, death
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