John Donne | Critical Essay by Theresa M. DiPasquale

This literature criticism consists of approximately 42 pages of analysis & critique of John Donne.
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Critical Essay by Theresa M. DiPasquale

SOURCE: DiPasquale, Theresa M. “The Cunning Elements of ‘I am a little world’” and “The Three Sonnets of ‘Goodfriday, 1613.’” In Literature and Sacrament: The Sacred and the Secular in John Donne, pp. 101-19, 119-29. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 1999.

In the following excerpt, DiPasquale explores the spiritual anxiety that she perceives in Donne's religious poetry, using La Corona, “I am a little world,” and “Goodfriday, 1613” as a basis for the discussion.

The sonnet is a problematic form for post-Reformation English poets because of the idolatrous implications of its history as the Petrarchan poets' verse-form of choice. As Ernest Gilman points out, Sidney uses the “the language of Protestant iconoclastic polemics” to define Astrophil's folly in...

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