Study Guide-121

W;t-Quote id and short answer questions

Know the following terms:


Metaphysical Poetry



Carpe diem

Reread ALL of the selections. There are quote ids. You need to re-read to be prepared for these.

Holy Sonnet X

Valediction Forbidding Mourning

The Flea

To His Coy Mistress

Meditation 17

The Good Morrow

Know background about the Restoration Period (study powerpoint notes and notes from your reading)

  • Names of the restoration period
  • Influences on the restoration period
  • History of the restoration period (kings, civil war, leaders, etc)
  • Why is it called the restoration period (3 reasons)

Holy Sonnet X

  • Analyze the tone.
  • Examine and explain the following metaphors
  • Death as a slave to fate, chance, desperate men, etc.
  • Rest and sleep as pictures
  • Significance of Holy Sonnet X in Wit
  • What is the speaker’s argument?
  • Examine the paradoxes in the poem.

Valediction Forbidding Mourning

  • What are the metaphors the speaker uses? Explain them!
  • What is the main conceit in the poem?
  • What are dull sublunary lovers? Why can they not stand to be apart? How is the speaker and his love different?
  • What is the main message of the poem? Explain in detail.
  • Why does the speaker insist that his loved ones should not mourn form him? (list several reasons)

Meditation 17

  • What is the major theme in this selection?

1.What does Donne mean when he says, “When she [the church] baptizes a child, that action concerns me…and when she [the church] buries a man, that actions concerns me”?

2.In the extended metaphor beginning with “All mankind is of one author…” what two things does Donne compare? What is his point?

3.What does Donne mean by the metaphor, “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main?”

4.Donne writes, “If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is less.” Is a continent diminished by the loss of a single clump of dirt? What does this hyperbole (exaggeration) mean?

5.In Donne’s metaphor, when does the “treasure” of affliction turn into “current [spendable] money”?

6.Why does Donne find affliction valuable?

7. In what sense does the tolling bell “apply” one person’s affliction to another?

8.Donne suggests that one shouldn’t ask for whom the bell tolls, because it “tolls for thee.” Why does Donne welcome death here?

Good Morrow

  1. What are the main metaphors in this poem?
  1. Comment on the poet's expression, "Were we not wean'd till then?" What does this mean?
  1. Identify the various language devices used in this opening stanza. (4)
  1. What does the speaker mean when he says that love “makes one little room an everywhere?”
  1. What is meant by the two "hemispheres"?
  1. What does the poet mean when he says that these two hemispheres are "without sharp north, without declining west"?
  1. Paraphrase "If our two loves be one, or thou and I love so alike that none can slacken, none can die."

To His Coy Mistress

  • What is the speaker’s argument? What does he want?
  • How is his love responding?
  • What are the main metaphors in this poem?
  • What do these metaphors mean?

The Flea

  • What is the main metaphor/conceit in the poem?
  • What is the speaker’s argument?
  • How does his love respond (specifically)?
  • Analyze the tone of the poem.