Bruce A. McMenomy, Ph.D. for Scholars Online
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Unit III: The Renaissance
- “Song”, p. 279.
- “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning”, p. 280-281.
- From Holy Sonnets
- Sonnet 10, p. 282.
- Sonnet 14, p. 282.
- Meditation 17, p. 283-4.
- “Easter Wings”, p. 287.
- “Virtue”, p. 287.
- “On His Having Arrived at the Age of Twenty-Three”, p. 293.
- “On His Blindness”, p. 293.
- Paradise Lost, Bk. 1 (selection), p. 294-300.
The King James Bible, Gen. 1-3, pp. 302-306.
“Reader’s Note” on translation of the Bible, p. 307.
The Changing English Language, p. 308.
For class this week, consider particularly:
- The book discusses the idea of the metaphysical conceit. The word “conceit” here means nothing like its more common modern usage (though the ideas are not unrelated; it’s more like “concept”).
- How does the metaphysical conceit function (consider especially Donne’s “Valediction”).
- How does the metaphysical conceit differ from other kinds of extended metaphor (for example, those found in Homer or Vergil, if you recall)?
Optional extra reading:
In view of the approach of Christmas, it may be worth a quick extra glance at John Milton, whose “Hymn on the Morning of Christ's Nativity” is one of his more effective pieces. A blessed Christmas to all.
Please take the unit review quiz for Unit III.
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