Passionate performances – Poems erotic and divine

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:
Passionate performances – Poems erotic and divine

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This chapter discusses the passionate connections between Donne's divine and worldly poetry. It shows that while Donne's erotic poems are more indebted to religious metaphor, his nineteen ‘Holy Sonnets’ rely more on erotic imagery. The chapter then analyses and compares Donne's religiously erotic poems with his erotically religious poetry. It determines that Donne's erotic poetry views love as a form of (artful) performance and engages in some form of histrionics of love making, also showing that role-play and theatricality are two main features of Donne's devotional and erotic writings.

Keywords: erotic poems; passionate connections; religious metaphor; Holy Sonnets; erotic imagery; religiously erotic poems; erotically religious poetry; love making; role-play; theatricality

Chapter.  18275 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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