1. For each of the authors from today’s reading, record at least one of their conceits (click for definition) (Links to an external site.) and briefly describe what it represents.
Donne, “The Sun Rising”:
Donne addresses the sun as if it were a person, while he and his lover are represented as celestial bodies.
Pick a poem for each author, list its title, and describe a conceit it contains:
2. Briefly summarize the seductive arguments being made in “The Flea” (Donne) and “To His Coy Mistress” (Marvell). Which do you think is the more persuasive argument?
3. Compare and contrast the poems of these male poets with the poems of the female poets we read earlier in the week. What observations can you make about their differences or similarities?
4. Donne and Herbert were both ministers . Compare their religious poems and share any observations you make about them.
5. Contrast Marvell’s message in “To His Coy Mistress” with that of “The Garden”? How do the desires expressed by the speaker differ between the two?
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