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John Donne Poetry Reading Activities——— Due: May 25, 2021

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Read about John Donne’s background on Literature book page 427

List at least five interest facts you read on this page.

Define the following concept vocabulary terms:

1. Dreadful

2. Delivery

3. eternally

Create a Frayer Model graphic organizer for one of those terms listed above

“Holy Sonnet 10”— Literature Book page 430

Death be not proud, though some have called thee

Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;

For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow,

Die not, poor death, nor yet canst thou kill me.

From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,

Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,

And soonest our best men with thee do go,

Rest of their bones, and soul’s delivery

Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,

And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,

And poppy, or charms can make us sleep as well

And better than thy stroke; why swell’st thou then?

One short sleep past, we wake eternally,

And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.

HOLY SONNET 10— Comprehension Check (Literature book page 431)

1. What does the speaker tell Death in the first two lines of the poem?

2. According to the speaker, what are death’s “pictures”?

3. According to the speaker, to what is death a slave?

HOLY SONNET 10— Analyze the Text (Literature book page 432)

2. (a) Interpret

What two points about sleep does the speaker make in “Holy Sonnet 10”?

2. (b) Make Inferences

What point about Death does the speaker make with these comparisons?

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