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John Donne: Meditation #17
Transcript of John Donne: Meditation #17
Romilene Cruz (Period 5)
John Donne: Meditation #17
"Perchance he for whom the bell tolls is so ill as he knows not it tolls for him."
The bell is a symbol for death and its tolling is being compared/ symbolizes the amount of death in the area
- Through the metaphor the author is sympathizing with others before him that have died with out knowing it.
- He heightens the feeling of fear and loneliness.
"The church is Catholic, universal, so are all her actions; all that she does belongs to all."
compares to a mother
personification of church
FOMO (you should fear missing out)
connection to family
allusion to Bible (Adam and Eve)
Body of Christ
-church is supposed to be nuturing environment
-so he can speak openly and evenly
-when people pass away you should be there (conviction)
-if you can cry over your sister , cry over a stranger
-we all have a connection flowing through our blood
Revelation 20:15 declares, “If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”
"...when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better better language; and every chapter must be translated..."
-when you die if you lived your life by the way of the church your name will be written in the "Book of Life"
-to make life more reasonable
-make people not feel bad about dying
The Sunrise and the Comet
"Who casts not up his eye to the sun when it rises? but who takes off his eye from a comet when that breaks out?"
Imagery - the idea of the sun rising is normal but comets are not, both are part of life. people should make it habitual to see and recognize EVERYTHING in life
Diction - "casts" you look intent fully at something so we should intent fully look for people and stand by them. "take" you take the opportunity of love away from not only yourself but from others
Syntax - daily/ normal happenings vs. spectacular things
The Island, the Continent, and the Dirt
"No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of man"
allusion to Creationism
Imagery - to create a feeling of solitude
Allusion - to help people remember where they come from and to help them realize we will end up there again
Homily - preaching to the choir, has brought people down numerous times through this poem
Tribulations and Gold
"If a man carry treasure... in a wedge of gold and none coined into current money, his treasure will not defray him as he travels. Tribulation is a treasure in the nature of it, but not it is current in money in the use of it..."
Comparison of tribulations and gold
Donne wants us to treat our troubles as treasures and cherish them. Although it cannot be used for anything we can learn from it and grow.