Communication-Oriented Approach to Media and Genre Blending in a Sample of Early Modern English Poetry

Dorota Gładkowska

Uniwersytet Warmińsko-Mazurski w Olsztynie


The article uses an interdisciplinary approach to selected early modern poems of John
Donne and aims to delineate the research area which still awaits systematic exploration.
The textual analysis of his elegy: The Comparison, operating within the communicationoriented
theory of genre blending, leads to the detection of its multigeneric and dialogic
patterns. It reveals the intricate manner in which features and functions of various literary
and non-literary forms are intertwined and harmonized in one poem. It is also argued
that Donne’s elegy derives its imagery from an experimental trend toward caricatures
(grotesquery) followed by the 15th/16th-century portraitists and genre painters. The general conclusion is that Donne utilizes various, then available, communication channels
to ensure intermediality of his message and that his concept presupposes certain cognitive
and creative processes on the addressee’s side.


late Renaissance poetry, visual arts, multigeneric patterns, intermedia space, caricature

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Gładkowska, D. (2022). Communication-Oriented Approach to Media and Genre Blending in a Sample of Early Modern English Poetry. Prace Językoznawcze, 24(3), 205–221.

Dorota Gładkowska 
Uniwersytet Warmińsko-Mazurski w Olsztynie