Alongside Byrd's work, Archbishop Richard Longley will be reading a selection of English poet John Donne's enduring (and much quoted) Holy Sonnets
, from around the same period.
The articles collected in the 'Religion' section do, however, focus more strongly than those in the other sections on Donne's own religion and on the avowedly religious works, such as the sermons, the Holy Sonnets
, and Pseudo-Martyr.
Moreover, the devout fervor permeating Sulam's sonnets is highly resonant with sentiments being expressed contemporaneously by John Donne (especially in his "Holy Sonnets
In both the Divine Poems and the Holy Sonnets
, Donne rejects the absent God or a relationship of lack, proposing that anxiety and fear are to be sought after as "devotional dispositions" (106).
: La Corona ("Annunciation," "Nativite," "Temple," "Crucifying," "Resurrection," "Ascention [sic]").
John Carey argues that "so uncongenial did Donne find it to imagine his soul existing apart from his body that, at the period when he was writing the Holy Sonnets
, be adapted the heretical view that the soul would die with the body and be resurrected at the last day" (1990, 208-09).
The chapter closes with a dozen or so pages comparing the "transgressive" qualities of these epistles with the daring implications the Holy Sonnets
, "Batter my heart" and "Show me deare Christ, thy Spouse" Saunders maintains that his purpose is to show that "all representations of desire--all accounts of erotic practices" can be "reconsidered" in terms of "Foucault's historicizing" of "homosexuality" thus demonstrating that "queer theory [...] has the potential to transform our understanding of all human sexuality" (60).
BBEFORE taking up "Holy Sonnets
" 14 and 7 by John Donne, I want to examine briefly a kind of paradigm of the relationship between the poet and the reader.
On February 5 Ian Bostridge, one of the world's leading tenors, will perform Schumann's Dichterliebe, and Britten's Holy Sonnets
of John Donne in St George's Hall as part of the Rodewald Concert Series.
Tenor Ian Bostridge will be giving Schumann's Dichterlie be and Britten's Holy Sonnets
of John Donne, with pianist Julius Drake in February.
The critical essays are arranged in the same categories as the poems themselves: metaphysical poetry; satires, elegies, and verse letters; songs and sonnets; and holy sonnets
and divine poems.
Considering his raucous times, equally divided between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the poet and preacher wasn't really up to much--one stint of soldiering; one long marriage; one dead brother; one unregenerate mother; a number of erotic poems and satires that he kept from being published; a greater number of astonishing sermons and Holy Sonnets
, all of which would find print; many letters seeking favors, appointments, or a loan; and a tubercular death at age fifty-eight.