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date: 09 December 2019

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This article starts by stating that the paradox had a reputation in the Renaissance as a witty but somewhat trivial genre. Donne, however, managed to employ the use of the concept of the paradox and turn it into a controversial, intellectually serious, and extended analysis of the ethical, legal, and theological implications of suicide in his Biathanatos which was published posthumously. The article goes on to analyse the reception of Biathanatos, Donne’s intention in writing it, and the subsequent critical analysis it received.

Keywords: Renaissance, paradox, suicide, genre, Biathanatos

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