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Donne John The Canonization Twentieth Century Views John Donne Ed Helen Gardner Englewood Cliffs NJ Prentice - Hall INC1962Brooks finds the poem a parody of Christian sainthood taking the major themes of the poem religion and love very seriously and using them in an inevitable paradox The person to whom Donne speaks in the beginning is a friend who epitomizes the world which the lovers have renounced A world in which their love may seem most absurd but cares little for the wars and lawsuits and instead only for the love of each other The love of the two lovers is viewed as saintly and paradoxically when they achieve a more intense world by becoming hermits and gaining the world in each other and becoming the most worldly of allPeck John How To Study A Poet London Macmillan Publishers LTD 1988Peck finds love to be the central opposition of the poem with the rest of the worldly cares dismissed To display their love the usage of flies and tapers creates a metaphor for the relationship existing between them Conceits also play a role in comparing their love and relating their love to other items phoenix and urn The usage of the conceit is to make the reader realize how wide and varied the world is Peck views that love remains central throughout the poem by using poetic cleverness As well as love remaining central so do the saintly views of the lovers In their love they are to be worshipped and to provide a pattern for the world view they are to inspire the worldUnger Leonard Donnes Poetry and Modern Criticism Poetry Criticism Vol 1 pp 131-136Unger describes the poem as proceeding form the central contrast of two main attitudes that of the world and that of the lover Donne is aware of the attitudes as being in conflict and is opposing one to the other He believes that the canonized lovers legends arent fit
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