Love Interpretation In The Sun Rising And The Canonization

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What pops into your mind when you hear the word love? When people hear the word love many people think of romantic love. The word love has many other interpretations such as loving your neighbor, loving of one’s nation, and loving of God. People need to avoid thinking about something as important as love so superficially. Both John Donne’s “The Canonization” and “The Sun Rising” use metaphors to deal with whether the nature of love and whether it is really mysterious. While Donne’s “The Sun Rising” focuses on romantic love, his poem “The Canonization” delves into the many facets of love beyond the mere romantic such as being consumed by love, dying by it, and being reborn through love.
“The Sun Rising” by Donne is an extended metaphor about how the sun has human characteristics and performs human actions and emotions. Both narrators in “The Sun Rising” and “The Canonization” are analyzing actions of their objects. In “The Sun Rising,” the narrator is talking to the sun. In the opening lines of “The Sun Rising” and “The Canonization,” they have a similar tone because in “The Sun Rising,” it is telling the sun to stop worrying about them, to stop watching them, to mind its own business and in “The Canonization” when it says “For God’s sake hold your tongue, and let me love;”(1) it is saying to “shut up.” Both poems open by wanting to be left alone, not having the other person (in “The Canonization”) or the sun (in “The Sun Rising”) bother them, telling them to leave them alone and go bother someone else. A use of figurative language in “The Sun Rising” is when Donne says “ I could eclipse and cloud them with a winke”(13). This shows that the narrator does not want to lose the sight of the person he so dearly loves. In “The Canonization” Donne writes:
Take you a course, get you a place,
Observe his Honour or his Grace;
Or the king’s real or his stamp’d face
Contemplate; what you will, approve,
So you will let me love”(5-9).
In “The Sun Rising” Donne writes, “Call country ants to harvest offices;”(8). These two quotes in the poems are similarities because they are both talking about jobs. The quote from “The Canonization” is talking about getting a job such as going to college, becoming a merchant, becoming a lawyer, or becoming a priest and the quote from “The Sun Rising” is talking about government workers and how their work through the day help keeps society in order. The government workers and the country ants is an accurate comparison because they are always busy, perform a specific function, there are a lot of them, and sometimes they can be pests. These quotes can also show how having a job can be something that you love because you become dedicated and work your hardest to get things done as to not disappoint. In “The Canonization” it talks about Donne’s love for another person. John Donne writes, “Who’s injured by my love?”(10). This line shows that the person he loves and him get along and do not fight, but they take their own...

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