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You are gathering material, poetry for another session of your working group to rally around the new PR campaign for quality 'hip' romantic films to appeal to a high school audience and are actively involved in the selection process. While in the process of looking for new material, you revisit some classic lyrical works of masters like William Shakespeare, John Donne and John Dryden. By studying these three artists with a critical eye, you feel that you will be better prepared to assess the works of unknown screenwriters.

As you analyze this work, choose a poem by each of these poets. Then put together a journal entry that carefully evaluates the writing, based on a your 'Reader Response' reading of one (or more) of the poems. Focus on the element described as "romance." Describe the qualities of the poet's voice as you imagine. It can be helpful to read poems aloud to get a sense for their lyrical qualities and to memorize some verses. These more experiential methods for studying literature may be helpful to know.

I have selected "The Good-Morrow" from John Donne
Silvia from William Shakespeare and Farewell, ungrateful traitor for John Dryden.

I'm needing to evaluate these into a 3 page paper. I have read them all but am having trouble putting it on paper. I'm looking for an outline of what I should be discussing in my evaluation. Any help would be appreciated.

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First, you might examine Donne's romantic voice and techniques in "The Good Morrow." He seems to show a destiny for the lovers, that their love was fated from childhood as he says,
"I wonder by my troth, what thou and I
Did, till we lov'd? Were we not wean'd till then,
But suck'd on country pleasures, childishly?"

He is sensual in his language choice as he says, "suck'd on country pleasures." He repeats "pleasures" and
"desir'd" throughout the text to show his strong longing and passion.

Again, his poetic voice is created and his poem is quite personal as he directs it almost like a dramatic monologue in technique to make it seem like he is addressing his lover. This tactic creates characters and establishes the relationship between the lovers.

He uses romance in plot to show that they have just consummated their union. As a new day approaches, he shows "the good morrow to our waking souls." Thus, he wants to ensure that their love does not escape as the new day arrives as he says, "Which watch not one another out of fear; For love, all love of other sights controls."

In sum, his romantic appeal is shown as he personifies love, making it almost a God-like force, ...

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Three romantic poets are addressed in terms of voice and style.

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A history of romantic verse is offered.

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Your editor is considering adding a new dimension to the studio to include more 'romantic films ', films outside of the 'adventure' genre. She wants to know if you can do research to prepare the staff for this task. To brush up on your understanding of this niche market, you research the library and read about the history of romantic verse.

1. Choose one of Shakespeare's sonnets or one of John Donne's 'Holy Sonnets" and talk both about the themes and the patterns which make these works so well loved. Make an educated guess as to why romance and poetry are so inextricably entwined.

2. Read Christopher Smart's poem, "Jubilate Agno" and talk about the radical structure of the poem. Compare this poem to any song lyrics you might be familiar with. You may also do an imitation of this poem as a way to familiarize yourself with it.

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