Chapter 63. John Donne's Nineteenth Elegy

  1. Michael Hattaway Professor
  1. Germaine Greer Professor Emeritus founder-director

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319019.ch63

A New Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture, Volume One and Two

A New Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture, Volume One and Two

How to Cite

Greer, G. (2010) John Donne's Nineteenth Elegy, in A New Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture, Volume One and Two (ed M. Hattaway), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319019.ch63

Editor Information

  1. New York University in London, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Warwick, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187626

Online ISBN: 9781444319019

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Keywords:

  • John Donne's Nineteenth Elegy;
  • classic elegiac tradition - an ‘ awareness of self-deception ’;
  • first of Donne's elegies - imitation of Elegy 4 of Book 1 of the Amores;
  • The Taming of the Shrew - suggestion that the object of his lust is indeed the speaker's wife;
  • behaviour of Donne's woman, being not that of Ovid's Corynna, a complaisant mistress seizing amorous opportunity, but of a woman going to bed for the night;
  • matrimonium jurata fornicatio”, Marriage is but a continual fornication sealed with an oath;
  • Ovid's elegies, providing precedent for a man's presenting his sexuality as unpredictable

Summary

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  • References and Further Reading