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Philip Edwards

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235125

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317415

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‘Is the Pacifique Sea my home?’

(p.69) Chapter Three—Donne
Liverpool University Press

John Donne's two major poems, the ‘Hymne to God my God, in my sicknesse’ and ‘A Hymne to God the Father’, as well as the prose work, Devotions upon Divergent Occasions, were inspired by his serious illness of 1623. All three works make central use of voyage imagery. The contemporary world is directly invoked in Donne's references to voyaging. Many of his sea-images, including the metaphor of ballast, had a long life. Many of the voyages which Donne brings into service, in both his sermons and his poetry, are trading voyages.

Keywords:   John Donne, poetry, metaphor, voyage, ballast, imagery, Devotions upon Divergent Occasions, sea-images

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