Compare And Contrast Shakespeare And John Donne

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People use different communicative forms to show their thoughts and feelings to the others. The most commonly used form of expressing one’s feelings and emotions is writing especially poetry. Many poetry writers' works gain authority, and can be considered as literary canonical works, thus, these authors become literary canonical figures. But what does the term ‘literary canons’ mean? Literary canons are a collection of literary works and authors approved by academic scholars, having high authority status and regarded as valuable distinctive works of great attention and respect. Two incredible canonical figures are John Donne and Shakespeare that each of them has his great valuable literary works, and each of them had a different story …show more content…
Over different centuries, these literary works have created a special deep influence on people. Shakespeare was born in 1564, in Stratford 11 years later, he went to London. He lived in a significant era of English history; the Elizabethan age. During the rule of Elizabeth I, England pioneered a powerful trading centre over the western countries. After she defeated the Spanish army, Queen Elizabeth established the Church of England; she also observed the significance of arts to the English nation life and heritage and led the golden age of English literature renaissance. She was interested in theatre, thus, special theatres were built for the first time in England; many of its great playwrights, poets and dramatists were of the literary artists leaders of the era including Shakespeare. Despite his prominent masterpieces on the stage written in the literary arts of that golden age, unfortunately, their contemporary status is against them in some way which is that the plays within that era were seen as means of amusement but not a high artwork instead, scripts were the theatre possessions. However, numerous playwrights worked effectively on those scripts but gained low credit for them. Shakespeare’s reputation of being considered as a …show more content…
It became more complicated when in 1640 another publisher changed the gender of the youth from ‘he’ to ‘she’. This collection of sonnets stays to be of the most remarkable poems written in the English language. Nearly all Shakespeare’s sonnets examine the fateful decreasing time and the immortalization of both love and beauty in poetry; it is a love story where he expresses his admiration upon a young man and a dark lady. Unlike his plays that were written and expressed to the public, the sonnet meant to him a more private expression. Only one sonnet of all the 154 is defined by numerous critics as the most famous romantic poem ever written; it is sonnet 18 ‘shall I compare thee to a summer’s day’. The poem opens with a question followed by negative answers; the speaker states that his beloved bears some things similar to a summer’s day; also this beloved is more beautiful and calmer than a summer’s day. He then starts to mention the reasons of why summer isn’t that excellence; where “rough winds shake the popped up buds in spring, summer is too short that goes quickly, and the sun is either too hot or hidden by the clouds. He states that all

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