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Funeral , The Analysis

Author: Poetry of John Donne Type: Poetry Views: 1342

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Whoever comes to shroud me, do not harm

Nor question much

That subtle wreath of hair, which crowns my arm;

The mystery, the sign, you must not touch,

For 'tis my outward soul,

Viceroy to that, which then to heaven being gone,

Will leave this to control

And keep these limbs, her provinces, from dissolution.

For if the sinewy thread my brain lets fall

Through every part

Can tie those parts, and make me one of all,

Those hairs which upward grew, and strength and art

Have from a better brain,

Can better do'it; except she meant that I

By this should know my pain,

As prisoners then are manacled, when they'are condemn'd to die.

Whate'er she meant by'it, bury it with me,

For since I am

Love's martyr, it might breed idolatry,

If into other hands these relics came;

As 'twas humility

To afford to it all that a soul can do,

So, 'tis some bravery,

That since you would have none of me, I bury some of you.


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| Posted on 2017-01-08 | by a guest

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Donne's poem, written about 1608-09, is to a Mrs. George Herbert, an older woman whom he met around the same time as his wife (1599). Writing extravagant love letters and poems to your friends was common in Donne's circle and beyond and shouldn't be taken at face value. Mrs. Herbert was a close friend, as was her husband, until her death and Donne wrote a number of poems to her that have survived. Among them is The Relic in which he makes clear that theirs was a platonic relationship That is not to minimize their closeness or the beauty of the poem.

| Posted on 2014-01-13 | by a guest

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...//ஈவ ர அவர கள தனத ச யஜ த அப ம னத த க ட ட ய ள ள ர . க ழ வ ண மண ய ல வ த த 44 ஹர ஜன வ வச யத த ழ ல ள ர கள பண ண ய ர க ப லக ர ஷ ண ந ய ட எர த த ப த , அத பற ற ய ஒர சவ அற க க ய வ ட டவர த ன அந த கன னட பல ஜ ந ய ட ஈவ ர அவர கள //jaisankar jaganathan said...ப ர ய ர ப ர ட ட ஒர பத வ ட ண ட ப ட ட அத ந ன பட க கன ம . அத ல ம அந த கன னட பல ஜ ந ய ட ங க ற ஜ த ப ர ஏன இங க அழ த தம ச ல ல ற ர // //க ழ வ ண மண ய ல நடந த பட க ல ய ப ர ய ர ஆதர த த ம த ர ட ண ட ர ல வ ட ர ர . இப பட ய வ ட ட - ந ன ச ன னத ய ர ம எத க கல, ப த த ங கள 'ன ன "க யபல ஸ ' ப ரச ச ரத த ஆரம ப ச ச ட வ ங க. அதன ல, உண ம என னன ன ப ர ப ப ம :1. ப ர ய ர எந த எடத த ல ம க ழ வ ண மண பட க ல ய ஆதர க கவ ல ல .2. இதன வன ம ய கண ட ச ச த ன எழ த இர க க ர . அத த த ன 'சவ அற க க 'ன ன மழ ப ப ற ர ட ண ட .3. ம க க யம க 'ச த ம தல கள க க ' ம லக க ரணம க ப ர ப பனர கள இர ப பத ய ம ப ர ய ர ச ட ட க க ட ட ய ர க க ற ர ."ஜனந யக ஆட ச உள ளவர ய க க யர மற ந த ப க வ ண ட யத த ன ; அய க க யர கள ஆட டம ப டவ ண ட யத த ன . இந த ய தர மம க ற றப பரம பர யர கள தர மம ய க ம . மந தர மவ த கள உள ளவர ந ட - ஒழ க கம , ந ர ம , ந ணயம , ந த ப ற ம ட ய த . வ ள ள யன வ ள ய ற யவ டன ந ட அய க க யர கள வசம க வ ட டத ." என ற அற க க ய த டங க ய ள ள ர ப ர ய ர . த டர ந த வ ட தல க க ப றக ஆர .எஸ .எஸ ச ய த பட க ல , வன ம ற கள பட ட யல ட ட கட ச ய ல க ழ வ ண மண ய ல நடந த பட க ல ய கண ட க க ற ர . அத ல ஒர இடத த ல "ஒன ற ப ர ப பனர , இல ல வ ட ட ல தம ழர அல ல தவர , இல ல வ ட ட ல ப ர ப பன த சர தவ ர, வ ற ய ர ம பதவ க க வரம ட ய தத னத தன ம ய ல அரச யல சட டம , நடவட க க இர ப பத ல , என ற ன ற ம த ர த த ம ட ய தத தன ம ய ல 'ஜனந யக ஆட ச தர மம ' இர ந த வர க றத ." என க ற ர .இதற க ஒர த ர வ க "தம ழ ந ட 'தன ம ழ ச ச தந த ரம ள ள ந ட க' ஆக கப பட வ ண ட ம " என ற ம க ற க ற ர .கட ச ய ல "Patriotism is the last refgue of a Scoundrel - த ச பக த என பத அய க க யன ன கட ச ப ப கல டம - ஜ ன சன " என ற ம ட க க ற ர .ட ண ட ச ன னம த ர " ந ய ட " ச த க க ஆதரவ க எத வ ம இல ல . ம ற க - எல ல ச த வ ற யர கள ய ம கண ட ப பத ப ல க ழ வ ண மண க ல க ரர கள ய ம கண ட க க ற ர .இத ல எந த இடத த ல //ஈவ ர அவர கள தனத ச யஜ த அப ம னத த க ட ட ய ள ள ர //ன ன ப ர யவ இல ல .இந த அற க க 28.12.1968 அன ற 'வ ட தல 'ய ல வ ள ய க ய ள ளத .ப ர ப பனர கள டம எச சர க க ய இர க கன ம - இல ல ன ன அண ணல அம ப தகர அவர கள ஆர .எஸ .எஸ 'ல ச ர த த ம த ர தந த ப ப ர ய ர ய ம ச த த ட வ ங க.

| Posted on 2013-11-14 | by a guest

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| Posted on 2013-11-12 | by a guest

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the speaker is fearful of the memory of his lover becomeing lost \'for if the sinewy thread my brain lets fall\'. Donne goes on to explain in his poetry that the hair has the ability to \'make me one and all\'. this is an extended idea of the joining of the souls. the \'strength\' of the memory of his lover, from the speakers \'better brain\' means that the memory of his love will never be lost to him but as his lover is not present with him, with only a small relic, \'by this should know my pain\'. donne likens this burden to \'prisoners\' that \'are manacled\' and because of this separation, they are \'condemned to die\' as the lover is not present. this idea is also part of Donnes \'The Good Morrow\' where it is stated that \'whatever dies, was not mixed equally\'. by the writing of this, Donne suggests that the love they share is not equal and so the character of \'The Funeral\' must die because of this absence. this stanza differs from the first as it is now the female that is in control.

| Posted on 2012-01-12 | by a guest

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The speaker implores that \'whoever comes to shroud me\', they must not \'harm\' the relic of hair of his lover. By likening the hair to a \'wreath\', which is placed upon the grave, by using this imperative it is suggestive that the lover has given it to the speaker in the mourning of the death. as it \'crowns my arm\', the wreath is given a royal status by Donne which amplifies the importace of an otherwise rather debase object.the importance of the hair gives it a relic-like status, which was commonly frowned upon by the roman catholics and shows Donnes oppenness towards protestant ideas and characterises the confict Donne has experianced in his beliefs. the idea of belonging is imposed upon the hair \'for \'tis my outward soul\'; this also relates to other themes in donnes poetry of the souls of lovers being one.in the absence of heaven, the relic of his lover becomes that which he idolises and by keeping this in the speakers possession, both physically and mentally then it will keep his lover from \'dissolution\'. by likening the speakers limbs to \'provinces\', this is related to the \'dissolution\' of the churches and catholic architecture during the resolution of the catholic religion to potestant, during the lifetime of donne.

| Posted on 2012-01-12 | by a guest

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in my opinion the hair is a bracelet of her hair given to him by his lover.

| Posted on 2011-10-26 | by a guest

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In 'The Funeral', Donne clearly has been scorned by a woman, but in the first stanza, is idolising her, and putting her on the pedestal almost constantly. |However, in the second Stanza Donne is making his dislike of the woman clear, becaus she is now controlling his body and his ations. He makes it clear that her hair is now acting as a viceroy, and is in possesion of his body, and he feels imprisoned and 'manacled' because of this. But, in the last stanza, he becomes confused, ad decide that he doesnt know what he feels for this woman at all, but in the final linje, he decides that because of the scorn she has shown him, he will die and bury the wreath of hair with him, as a final act of defiance.

| Posted on 2009-11-08 | by a guest

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Hair and fingernails do not continue to grow after you die. its the water going out of your body that begins to shrivle you up that the hair and the nails look longer, because the skin is shrinking back

| Posted on 2008-05-03 | by a guest

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this is not correct; the wreath of hair belongs to a woman he is in love with. she is married and has given him her hair to tease him. she pities him because he feels as if he cannot live without her and idolizes her every move. he is dying of a broken heart and taking her hair to the grave with him. he is burying a piece of her, since she is the reason of his death. this comes from the idea of "courtly love" in the 1600's.

| Posted on 2007-12-05 | by a guest

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I will analyse the first part of this poem, which is my favourite.
John Donne makes an excellent use of the conceit, one of the major features of the English Metaphysical Poets of the 17th century. A person has died and his hairs continue growing. He then explains that his hairs, which like in every corpse keep on growing after death, are like a viceroy that has been sent to keep the body together, like a ruler keeps his provinces "from dissolution". This is a startling comparison, which took my breath the first time I read it. You can also see "knowledge of science" in the fact that he doesn't use the conventional images such as a rose to represent "love" or a pearl to represent "purity"; John Donne compares his hairs, which will continue growing after death, to a viceroy sent to keep his provinces together when the current ruler has died.

| Posted on 2005-07-16 | by Approved Guest

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