What is the Difference Between a Semicolon and a Comma?

This is a great scene from the movie, Wit. Though the scene stands on its own and inspires a re-reading of Donne’s Death Be Not Proud, Holy Sonnet X, you can learn more about the rest of the movie here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wit_(film)

Before our discussion on Wednesday, please view this clip as a way to inspire a re-reading of Death Be Not Proud. Then, before 10pm on Tuesday night, decide upon the most artful poetic tool that Donne employs to create his metaphysical insight about life, death, and eternal life. Leave a “comment” below to start our class discussion online. Please compose 2-4 sentences in Standard English.

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9 Responses to What is the Difference Between a Semicolon and a Comma?

  1. Jackie Foley says:

    The most artful poetic tool that Donne employs to create his metaphysical insight about death is personification. In “Death Be Not Proud,” Donne personifies death in order to make it seem less horrifying and more relatable to readers. As a result, death is lessened: “Death, thou shalt die.”

  2. Anna Strzempko says:

    The most artful poetic tool that Donne uses to convey his conceptual understanding of death is personification. By giving death human like qualities such as pride and humility, he makes an extremely complex subject seem easier to grasp. Without personification, this poem would lack the relatable quality that is necessary in poetry in order to speak to fellow human beings, given that death is such a loaded subject.

  3. jray13 says:

    In addition to personification, metaphor is also an artful poetic tool that Donne employs to create his metaphysical insight about death and eternal life in “Death Be Not Proud”. Donne compares death to a “short sleep” (line 13), conveying the message that death does not truly kill a person, but rather it is a short passage into eternal life.

  4. 13amm says:

    Donne uses allusion in his poem “Death Be Not Proud” to connect death to real life, in a way that people can relate to and know about without it having to be explained. He alludes to the Fates, a part of Greek and Roman mythology. He says that death is constrained by Fate, which makes the idea of death less horrific. As humans are slaves to death, death is a slave to fate.

  5. pmetscher44 says:

    While personification and metaphor are, indeed, prevalent in “Death Be Not Proud,” the rhythm should be paid more attention to. Most lines follow the same foot, and when read aloud produce a melodic and uplifting aspect to the poem. Donne is trying to portray death as something peaceful and not to fear, and he conveys this skillfully with his use of rhythm.

  6. Olivia Poulin says:

    The most important poetic tool in “Death Be Not Proud” by Donne is euphony. Without the smooth flow of words that are pleasing to the ear, death (as it is personified) would have an angry or harsh connotation to it. By using euphony, Donne gives death a calming, or pretty personality, which is unique to how death is typically viewed.

  7. Georgina B says:

    The most important and artful poetic tool that Donne uses in “Death Be Not Proud” is personification. Donne personifies death by describing its actions and characteristics similar to those of a persons, for example, when he writes, death “thou dost overthrow”(3) and “thou art slave to fate”(9). Without personification the reader would not be able to become emotionally connected to the poem, and Donne could not present death as something that should not be feared.

  8. Larke Nimocks says:

    To express his message, the most artful poetic that Donne employs to create his metaphysical insight about death is personification. Consequently, death is conveyed as a person that Donne addresses through the second-person singular, like thou or thee. By personifying death it allows the reader to connect and relate with his theme that even if a soul leaves the body, the soul itself continues to exist and only death dies.

  9. I’ve built a website to tell you the difference between the colon & semicolon. Not much on the metaphysical side though.

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