(Inter)Personal performances – <i>Devotions</i>

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:
(Inter)Personal performances – Devotions

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This chapter examines Donne's Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, which he wrote after he came down with an illness that nearly killed him – or so he believed – observing that there are several important points of contact between devotional and epistolary modes in this work. It shows that Devotions is mostly focused on the speaker's communion and communication with God. The chapter determines that proof of Donne's personal attitude towards the advantages of verse over prose – and vice versa – can be found in his prose letters. An analysis of Donne's use of verse as opposed to prose is included.

Keywords: Devotions; points of contact; devotional modes; epistolary modes; communion; communication with God; verse over prose; prose letters

Chapter.  18713 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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