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The Dramatic Presence of the Speaker in John Donne's Songs and Sonnet

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Title: The Dramatic Presence of the Speaker in John Donne's Songs and Sonnet
Authors: Lunsford, Barbara
Advisor: McCutcheon, Elizabeth
Issue Date: 15 Jan 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: The arguments in John Donne’s songs and sonnets can be appreciated intellectually, taken apart and put back together like intricate puzzles, because Donne’s ingenuity and wit makes this mental activity pleasurably satisfying. But there is a subtler aspect to John Donne’s art that transcends the rational patterns of logic and paradox. The speakers in the Songs and Sonnets must be given their share of attention in order to fully appreciate Donne’s total artistic achievement. The discovery of their contributions within the poems demands an imaginative and intuitive analysis of their roles and effects. The arguments do not lose their importance or fascination, but gain their intense impact from the speakers’ dramatic presence.
Pages/Duration: 23 pages
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