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John Donne's Articulations of the Feminine$
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H. L. Meakin

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198184553

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184553.001.0001

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He Sings the Body Electrum: Re-membering Elizabeth Drury

He Sings the Body Electrum: Re-membering Elizabeth Drury

(p.200) 4 He Sings the Body Electrum: Re-membering Elizabeth Drury
John Donne's Articulations of the Feminine

H. L. Meakin

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the epitaph, elegy, and the poem Anniversaries, An Anatomy of the World written by John Donne on the occasion of Elizabeth Drury's death. It suggests that these works map out the problematics of writing and reading about the female body for Donne. It proposes a possible strategy for tackling Donne's difficult poems and suggests that the present absence of the feminine is what lies at the centre of Donne's Anniversaries.

Keywords:   John Donne, epitaph, elegy, Elizabeth Drury, feminine, Anniversaries, female body

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