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. The Canonization by John Donne. The Canonization Learning Guide by PhD students from Stanford, Harvard, Berkeley. John Donne: Poems study guide contains a biography of John Donne, John Donne: Poems Summary and Analysis of “The Canonization”.

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A critique by John Guillory points out the superficiality of his logic. He says that they are like flies. Thank you for this wonderful analysis. The lover says that the soldiers are doing their duty by going to wars and the lawyers by fighting cases in the court.

Instead of a tidy, “self-contained urn”, the poem depicts a “chain of discourses and representations”, such as the legend about the lovers, poems about their love, praise from those who read these poems, the saintly invocations of the lovers, and their responses to these requests. Although paraphrase can be the death of poetry, it can also offer us a way into challenging and seemingly impenetrable poems whose meaning is not immediately apparent.

He says that he and his lover will be canonized by his love. Retrieved from ” https: Within us are the eagle and the dove, thus making sense of the riddle of the phoenix, since my lover and I are one, and combine to form the phoenix. He says, her sights are not responsible for the drowning of the ship.

For Brooks, “The Canonization” joyn that paradox is not limited to use in logic. Please try again later. 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.

The poem features images typical of the Petrarchan sonnetyet they are more than the “threadbare Petrarchan conventionalities”.


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This page was last edited on 26 Octoberat He presumes the life to be short, just like the candle. In Unger’s reading, the exaggerated metaphors employed by the speaker serve as “the absurdity which makes for wit”. We die and then rise again. In the final stanza of The Canonization, John Donne wants to reflect their ideal pattern of love. A small urn, well-crafted, is as worthy to hold the greatest ashes as a vast tomb, and the sonnets my love and I inspire will see us canonised, or declared saints, for our love.

He addresses this verse to a complainer. Without it, “the matter of Donne’s poem unravels into ‘facts'”. 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”.

Help us improve this article! He neither intends to mock religion by exalting love beside it, nor aims to poke fun at love by comparing it to sainthood. So, to one neutral thing both sexes fit.

In this sense, love is asceticisma major conceit in the poem. Even intensely physical love? If we cannot live by our love we can die by it, and if our love is not fit for the tomb and hearse of death, it is fitting for poetry.

Instead, Brooks argues, the apparent contradiction in taking both seriously translates into a truer account of both love and spirituality. Essays in Literary Analysis. In the poem, Donne makes able use of paradoxambiguityand wordplay.

The Canonization

Donne basically sets up the five-stanza argument to express the purity and supremacy of his love for the another. Wikisource has original text related to this article: Views Read Edit View history. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions.

He further says that if their love is not fit for tombs and hearse, they will find their place in poetry. The poem’s title serves a dual purpose: Interesting Literature is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by linking to Canojization.


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More direct methods may be tempting, but all of donen enfeeble and distort what is to be said. Yale University Press, The heat in his veins has not increased the number of the people who die of plague.

The Canonization By John Donne – Summary And Analysis

The site is very helpful for the students and teachers of English Literature. The purpose of a paradox is to arrest attention and provoke fresh thought. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! The speaker describes how dramatically love affects him and his lover, claiming that their love will live on in legend, even if they die.

ExpressingHO July 20, at 2: 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, though passion consumes.

Look at how the round parentheses encircling these lines suggest the orb of the eye, too. Both their ashes will be amalgamated canonizwtion get merged if kept together.

Unger’s analysis concludes by cataloguing the “devices of wit” found throughout the poem, as well as mentioning that a “complexity of attitudes,” fostered largely through the use of the canonisation conceit, perpetuates wit within the poem. According to the lover, the riddle of Phoenix is there in their existence. They have a very short existence.