A METÁFORA AGUDA EM JOHN DONNE
ABSTRACT: John Donne (1572-1631) was elected by his contemporaries the "King" of a "Monarchy of wit". This research aims at considering the rhetorical implications involved in the concept of wit, as well as the value placed upon it as far as poetry is concerned. For this purpose, we have read and analyzed selected precepts and theories written in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, such as George Putenham's Arte of English Poesie, and Samuel Daniel's A Defense of Ryme. Taking into account what was prescribed for poetry in Donne's time, we intend to arrive at an understanding of the workings of his witty metaphors and of how they reached a high degree of success.