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. John Donne: Poems study guide contains a biography of John Donne, John Donne: Poems Summary and Analysis of “The Canonization”. A reading of a classic Donne poem ‘For God’s sake hold your tongue, and let me love’: such an opening line demonstrates with refreshing.

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The poet presents to us a picture of martyrs as he portrays the lovers as flees who destroy themselves in order to prove their 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. He describes the various ways in which his aristocratic friends while away their time.

The speaker ascertains that nothing has changed in the world owing to their love It has the minimum effect of affecting two individuals. The poet thus mocks at his friend thrpugh hyperbole, exemplifying that the friend is an anti-romantic who is dry and logical in his attitude to passion in general.

Donje M K more. The poet declares that they can die gracefully in love if not live by it. Writing, is not only aspiration for him, but one of the very activities of living, and he will be obliged to be left uninterrupted. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. For instance, look at how, in that third stanza, those flies give way to candles, which in turn light the way to the bigger flying creatures, the eagle and dove; and then how, via the legend of canonixation phoenix, the fire lit by those candles flares out by summoning the pyre on which the phoenix dies.


The poet does not consider physical passion to be considered the ultimate aim of love, but only a stage of development in the process towards being canonized. Wikisource has original text related to this article: The poem features images typical of the Petrarchan sonnetyet they are more than the “threadbare Petrarchan conventionalities”. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature.

They have been “canonized by Love”. The speaker begs his friend not to disparage him for loving, but to insult him for other reasons instead, or to focus on other matters entirely.

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However, Brooks’s analysis is not the definitive reading of “The Canonization”. Henry Regnery Company, But is, after all, love separate from God and saintliness? Paradox is Donne’s “inevitable instrument”, allowing him with “dignity” and “precision” to express the dohne that love may be all that is necessary in life.

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John Donne : The Canonization

This is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. Works by John Donne. First published inthe poem canomization viewed as exemplifying Donne’s wit and irony. This is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos.

This is an ad network. When did the heats which my veins fill Add one more to the plaguy bill? The poet does not consider physical passion to be considered the ultimate aim of love, but only a stage of development in the process towards being canonized The poet declares that they can die gracefully in love if not live by it. Look at how the round parentheses encircling these lines suggest the orb of the eye, too. Thank you for this wonderful analysis.


Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. The oneness, uniqueness and neutrality of their union to the outside world is suggested through this comparison. After all, what harm does my love do? Retrieved from ” https: Even intensely physical love? Neither has the blissful love’s coolness removed a spring time in the life of others.

Literary Analysis: John Donne’s “The Canonization”

When did my colds a forward spring remove? Cornell University Press, You can call us what you like, but we are who we are because we love.

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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. Some articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. According to Brooks, there are superficially many ways to read “The Canonization,” but the most likely interpretation is that, despite his witty tone and extravagant metaphorsDonne’s speaker takes both love and religion seriously.

Views Read Edit View history. 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. 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.