John Donne Sample Answer and Notes: Startling Imagery In His Exploration of Relationships

“John Donne uses startling imagery and wit in his exploration of relationships.” 

Give your response to the poetry of John Donne in the light of this statement. Support your points with the aid of suitable reference to the poems you have studied. (2008 HL Paper II Q2)

John Donne Leaving Cert notes
Busy old fool, unruly sun
Although John Donne's poetry is four hundred years old, its startling imagery and wit provides it with an enduring quality that continues to fascinate readers today. Donne's exploration of relationships encompasses romantic relationships as well as his relationship with God. Indeed in some poems, there is an overlap in terms of language and imagery between physical and spiritual relationships. The essay begins by examining Donne's imagery and wit in his personal poems and leads to the more religiously-themed poems selected from his Holy Sonnets.

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