John Donne's Sonnets and the Meditative Tradition: A Post-Modernistic Humanistic and Historical Exploration
4 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2018
Date Written: August 27, 2018
An interesting phenomenon explaining to some extent the content and structure of seventeenth century English poetry is the influence upon it by Counter Reformation schools of meditation. Louis Martz has devoted an entire book to this subject, showing definitely that Ignatius of Loyola, Francis de Sales and others were either directly quoted or used in other ways in formation of the poetry written by the English Poets contemporary with them.
Prominent among these writers was the poet, John Donne. Although Donne became an Anglican priest in later life, his mother was a Roman Catholic and his uncle was a Jesuit. Since his childhood training was Catholic and Jesuit, and since it was customary for Protestants to I make use of Catholic devotional work. It is small wonder that the meditative tradition manifest in Donne's poetry.
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