An Analysis Of Three Works By John Donne

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John Donne showed many aspects of love both human and of the divine in his works. Many of his poems conveyed both topics interwoven, as if to connect the two. "The Good Morrow," "The Indifferent," and "Break of Day" are four of John Donne's poems that reflect the topics of love. There are some aspects of divine love described in these poems as well, however, these poems seem to focus more on human love. "The Good Morrow" first asks the question, "what thou and I did, till we loved." It goes on to describe how before Donne and his beloved met they were not, "weaned till then," and made reference to a Christian tale of, "seven sleepers," to describe how before they met, there eyes were shut to the prospects of human love and love of Christ (Norton, 1082-83). Lines 5 and 6 show the feeling of never loving anyone before he met his beloved he describes, "If ever any beauty did I see, Which I desired, and got, "˜twas but a dream of thee" (Norton, 1083).The next stanza, lines 7-14, seems to describe the morning after a night of passion. He explains that there is no, "fear," only love and that the love between them makes the room they lie in all that matters in the world (Norton, 1083). He describes a feeling of oneness by saying that they will possess one world together.The first line of the last stanza seems to further describe that feeling of oneness by saying, "My face in thine eye, thine eye in mine appears" (Norton, 1083). It is as if he is saying that he sees himself in her and sees the way she feels about him in her eyes. He goes on to say, "And true plain hearts do in the faces rest," to show that the love is pure and simple (Norton, 1083). He tells of how love that is true will not die in the last three lines. He tells of how there should be balance, "Whatever dies was not mixed equally," so that love must last forever when in balance. And since he and his beloved shared the same love, it was a balance that would not die (Norton, 1083). "The Indifferent," has a much different tone than that of " The Good Morrow." It seem in this poem, Donne is describing the different moods of his beloved. In the first stanza, the first line describes light and dark or blond and brunette. This is not however to describe hair color, but the change or swing in moods that his beloved seems to go through, this is further supported by the rest of the stanza. Each line tells of a positive and negative aspect that his beloved portrays to him. An example would be such as line 3 where he says, "Her who loves loneness best, and her who masks and plays," (Norton, 1086). The point he is getting at in the first stanza comes at the end with lines 8 and 9 in which he says, "I can love her, and her, and you, and you, I can love any, so she not be true," (Norton, 1086). He seems to be saying that no matter how she is feeling or what personality she shows him, as...

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