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Commemorative Strategies

Jessica Martin

in Walton’s Lives

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780198270157
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683930 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270157.003.0001

Series: Walton’s Lives

Commemorative Strategies

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As John Donne articulated during a sermon, the congregation should evaluate their own worth through looking into the ‘paines’ experienced by their commentators or essentially through textual value. Although this was intended as a joke, the statement actually reveals a lot about the value of commemorative forms which represent the value for the living. Donne thus is asking if a moral value can be assigned to the celebratory method used for and by living readers. Donne adopted literary and exemplary intentions as he defended the Anniversaries — a collection of poems that are addressed to a subject that is already dead. This chapter looks into how Donne defended the pains of praise which Izaak Walton would later refer to as ‘an honour due to the dead’ and a method of efficient edification.

Keywords: John Donne; dead; paines; textual value; edification method; honour; Anniversaries

Chapter.  11316 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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