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...