Donne Questions (secular)

ENGL 520

Dr. Fike


Day One:


We need to talk about a number of poems on pages 103-14 today.  Work in groups of three to prepare the following poems:

  1.  “The Flea” and “A Valediction: forbidding Mourning”

  2. “The Good-Morrow” and “The Sun Rising”

  3. “Air and Angels” and “The Ecstasy”

  4.  “The Relic” and  “The Canonization”

  5. “A Nocturnal upon S. Lucy’s Day being the shortest day” and “The Anniversary”


Group activity:  Give your pair of poems a title based on something they have in common, figure out what your poems say about (romantic) love, generate some questions that you can ask the class about your poems (have answers in mind too), and figure out at least one question that your poems ask us.  Note:  For those still fishing for a term paper topic, some of these poems are suitable for the research project.  One thing further:  Some of these poems are brutally difficult.  It is very okay to tap into criticism as you are preparing them.


Day Two:


Each of you (or groups of you if we have enough students in class) should prepare one elegy apiece.  You will present your elegy to the class.

  1. “Elegy VI”
  2. “Elegy VII”
  3. “Elegy VIII: The Comparison”
  4. “Elegy IX: The Autumnal”
  5. “Elegy XIX: To His Mistress Going to Bed”
  6. “Elegy XVIII: Love’s Progress”


What should you be sure to do with your elegy?


Everybody should carefully prepare to talk about “Satire III.”