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Compare the ways in which Donne presents the experience of love in ‘The Sun Rising’ and ‘The Good Morrow’

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In both ‘The Sun Rising’ and ‘The Good Morrow’ Donne presents the experience of love, in a typical Metaphysical style, to engage his reader through sharing his own experiences. These poems show distinctive characteristics of Metaphysical poems which involve colloquial diction, drawing inventive imagery from unconventional sources, passionately analysing relationships and examining feelings. Donne presents the experience of love through conceits, Metaphysical wit, language techniques and imagery, in a confident tone using logical argument. The impact of Donne’s use of direct and idiomatic language shows the reader how he feels about a woman and ultimately love.

In ‘The Sun Rising’ the tone and the language Donne uses when interacting with the sun at the beginning of the poem is demeaning and powerful starting immediately with ‘Busy old fool, unruly Sun’, which shows Donne addressing the sun directly and perhaps scalding the sun for disturbing the sleeping lovers. Donne shows what the experience of love means to him by expressing his dislike for the sunrise of ultimately a new day, which represents the separation of the couple after spending the night together. In the first stanza Donne asks direct rhetorical questions which enquire about the sun’s existence ‘Must to thy motions lovers’ seasons run? This proves that Donne disagrees with the fact that the sun controls what the lovers do. It is also important to note that Donne uses a capital when addressing the ‘Sun’ as if it is personified and highlighting its importance in the poem. He continues to address the sun’s actions and is most reprimanding when he states ‘Go tell court-huntsmen that the king will ride’, suggesting that the sun should not disturb the couple as it is per...


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...ne exclusively on himself and his lover. By doing so he says the sun will be shining on the entire world. It is apparent in both poems the tone and language is dramatic, as this is typical of Donne’s writing style. His use of imagery and symbolism effectively present his experience of love. However it is the structure that builds up the emotion throughout the poems as Donne starts in each poem to refer to a seductive love, then in conclusion realises the importance of true love. ‘The Good Morrow’ clearly shows evidence of this when at the beginning Donne states he ‘suck’d on country pleasures childishly’ and in the end understands that a ‘Love so alike that none can slacken, none can die’.

With the equal weight of power on both his lover and Donne's part, the reader can begin to see a much more balanced relationship than before – when he was unsure about love.



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