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The Sun Rising Essay

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“The Sun Rising” by John Donne is an aubade all about two lovers getting woken up by the sun when all they want to do is lay in bed all day. The entire poem is the speaker, presumably Donne himself, is talking to the sun and telling him to go away. This poem is broken into three stanzas with a rhyme scheme of ABBACDCDEE. Each of those stanzas represents what Donne is telling the sun to do, which is, to go away, I am stronger than you, and that he and his lover are the center of the world. Donne uses diction throughout all three stanzas to make his three points and to give the overall point of the poem, that love is not affected by time.
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Donne continues to say that his lover’s eyes are so bright and beautiful that they can blind the sun just as the sun blinds us with its bright and radiant rays. “If her eyes have not blinded thine,” it should go all around the world looking for a brighter and more beautiful set of eyes then hers. The sun will realize that the whole world is shown in her eyes. Donne mentions both the India’s where he is referring to the Indian country and the islands. They were highly prized for their exotic spices and rich mining grounds, just like his love is highly prized by him and is lying with him. The sun is asked to remember all the kings that he saw yesterday and he will not hear any of them because “all here in one bed lay”. The last line is saying that now everything in the world is in his room.
The poem continues into the third stanza with Donne saying his lover is “all states” meaning that she is all of the countries in the world and he is “all princes” meaning he is all of the rulers. It was common in the 17th century to say that the man is the ruler and that the woman is just land to own, which Donne is saying. After saying that, he then says “nothing else is”, which he is basically saying there is nothing else other than him and his lover. He still talks about how nothing else matters by says that...

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