The Anniversaries

Ramie Targoff

in John Donne, Body and Soul

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780226789637
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226789781 | DOI:
The Anniversaries

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This chapter analyzes The Second Anniversarie, written in 1612 for the two-year anniversary of the death of Elizabeth Drury, in which Donne stages in the most vivid terms the difficulty of convincing the soul to leave the body behind. He also comes closer than anywhere else in his writings to explaining why the soul feels so strong an attachment to the flesh, an explanation that turns on an unorthodox account of the soul's origins.

Keywords: John Donne; death; body; soul; Second Anniversarie

Chapter.  11382 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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