Four Works of Art and their Relationship to the Seventeenth Century


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Four Works of Art and their Relationship to the Seventeenth Century
The following paper will discuss how a “monarchical” view of the world is articulated in four literary works: Twelfth Night; Jonson’s “To Penhurst;” Herbert’s “The Temple;” and Donne’s “Satire 3”. The Shakespearean play listed above is notorious for how its elites – the dukes and grand ladies – appear to have an imperiousness characteristic of a class-based society. Additionally, Ben Jonson’s “To Penhurst” is characterized by almost an envy for what the mighty nobles possess – or possessed – and seems to have no problem with a world characterized by elites presiding over everything. As far as Herbert’s, The Temple, the text seems to disagree with the two authors previously...
The end:
..... that Herbert never could.
To end briefly, each of the works above clearly manifest monarchical thinking in the sense that they either accept it unquestioningly – or use the metaphor of a king or monarch as a starting point for personal exploration and expression (Donne, after all, appears to be seeking a king to whom he can pledge allegiance). Their worldview is classically seventeenth century in orientation.
Works Cited
Donne, John. “Satire 3.”
Herbert, George. The Temple. 1857. London: Bell & Daldy.
Jonson, Ben. “To Penhurst.” N.d. 3 Dec. 2009
“Twelfth night summary.” 2009. 3 Dec. 2009