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18th Century Literature


Elizabeth Venable

on 11 November 2009

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Transcript of 18th Century Literature

LIteRaTuRe John Donne

Popular for metaphysical poetry,

Metaphysics is a branch of philosophy that addresses the problem of what is read. In literature it means that underneath the formal structure, is the underlying structure of the poet's argument.

John Donne's poetry was known for vocabulary, satire, and metaphors.

Metaphysical vs Elizabethan
Elizabethan poetry focuses more on fluency, melody, and joy in life. Nature and love are the big topics in Elizabethan poetry.
Metaphysical poetry is more about knowledge and arguments. Paradise Lost
By John Milton

John Milton lost his eyesight before he started writing the book so his son wrote down what he was told by Milton. It took seven years to finish the twelve books that the poem is written throughout.

Paradise Lost is about Adam and Eve-how they came to be created and how they came to lose their place in the Garden of Eden or Paradise. Milton expanded the book of Genesis in the Bible into a poem. It also talks about the origin of Satan, or Lucifer. He leads his followers in a war against God and they were sent to Hell as fallen angels. Revenge drives him to cause man's downfall by turning into a serpent and tempts Eve to eat the forbidden fruit.
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