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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John Donne : The Canonization

Donne asserts that they may be called whatever the world chooses to call them. After all, what harm does my love do? For Brooks, “The Canonization” illustrates that paradox is not limited to use in logic.

Cornell University Press, The Problem of Literary Canon Formation. And those who do so will declare to us: Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. Yale University Press, Henry Regnery Company, 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.

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.

On whether to regard the equation of profane love with cannoization as parody or paradox, Guillory writes that “the easy translation of parody into paradox is occasioned by Brooks’s interest”. 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. Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. In his collection of critical essays, The Well Wrought UrnBrooks writes that a poet “must work by contradiction and qualification,” and that paradox “is an extension of the normal language of poetry, not a perversion of it”.


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He supports his plea by asking whether any harm has been done by his love. This service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. However, Brooks’s analysis is not the definitive reading of “The Canonization”. Love is what everything comes back to. In his analysis of “The Canonization”, critic Leonard Unger focuses largely on the wit exemplified in the poem.

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The poet also claims that they find in each other the powerful eagle and the timid dove, the eagle usually preying upon johm latter. This is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized.

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The Canonization

Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized. Both male and female merge to form one androgynous being. There is hint of men women equality. The sight of the lover has just drowned his lovers in his, but not merchant ships. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. This is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal.

This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons. Call us flies, if you will, or tapers candleswhich destroy themselves through burning brightly.

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. 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 the phoenix, the fire lit by those candles flares out by summoning the pyre on which the phoenix dies.


Theory and Criticism after Structuralism. They have been “canonized by Love”.

Look at how the round parentheses encircling these lines suggest the orb of the eye, too. Some articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. We donnne and rise the same, and prove Mysterious by this love. 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.

We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites. Views Read Edit View history. The canonizahion presents to us a picture of martyrs as he portrays the lovers as flees who destroy themselves in order to prove their love.

We find a similar comparison in George Herbert’s poem “The Sacrifice”: Even intensely physical love? This is an ad network. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A Collection of Critical Essays. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature.