Promethean and protean performances – Worldly poems

Margret Fetzer

in John Donne's Performances

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780719083440
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700051 | DOI:
Promethean and protean performances – Worldly poems

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This chapter explores the ways Donne's poems use language performatively. It analyses the Promethean dimension of Donne's poems, showing that his poems imply that what is at stake is similar to the real world, while the metaphors create new ways of seeing the same world. The chapter also studies how Donne's poems create the world, the truth and the self. Concepts such as role-play, theatricality and protean performance are also discussed.

Keywords: Promethean dimension; real world; metaphors; role-play; theatricality; protean performance

Chapter.  24311 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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