John Donne was born to John and Elizabeth Donne of Bread Street, London, in 1572. In his early years, John Donne was a wild lover and sensual writer. After finding Christ, his writing style changed from sexual to spiritual. Despite the fact that Donne’s earlier poetry was focused around lustful sensations, his later works utilized biblical illusions, proclaiming his newly found belief in God. Early in Donne’s life, his brother was incarcerated “for giving sanctuary to a proscribed Catholic priest” and met his death through fever while serving his time (Smith).
His poems show that he was much more complicated than that. His writings show a Christian who was tormented by the fact that he was no longer able to believe in the church doctrine. He had a conflicted soul that was searching for some meaning. This is evident in his poetry, especially Hap and Channel Firing. In these two poems, Hardy reacts to a world with a god that is either indifferent to human suffering or nonexistent and replaced by random chance.
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His poetry is characterized by the themes of love, mortality, and spirituality. It is bathed in sophistication and complexity of thought. He used active verbs in a jarring manner to capture his conflicting thoughts and emotions. In his use of metaphysical conceit, Donne compared himself to a besieged town, captured by and engaged to Satan. He had attempted to admit God into the town but found he was too weak to do so, even though he loved God dearly.
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