Close Reading John Donne

Close Reading John Donne - Connor Harris Dr. Terry English...

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Connor Harris Dr. Terry English 231-501 28 Oct. 2010 John Donne Song (“Sweetest love, I do not go”) Sweetest love, I do not go, For weariness of thee, Nor in hope the world can show A fitter love for me; But since that I Must die at last, 'tis best To use myself in jest Thus by feign'd deaths to die. Yesternight the sun went hence, And yet is here today; He hath no desire nor sense, Nor half so short a way: Then fear not me, But believe that I shall make Speedier journeys, since I take More wings and spurs than he.
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Harris 2 O how feeble is man's power, That if good fortune fall, Cannot add another hour, Nor a lost hour recall! But come bad chance, And we join to'it our strength, And we teach it art and length, Itself o'er us to'advance. When thou sigh'st, thou sigh'st not wind, But sigh'st my soul away; When thou weep'st, unkindly kind, My life's blood doth decay. It cannot be That thou lov'st me, as thou say'st, If in thine my life thou waste, That art the best of me. Let not thy divining heart Forethink me any ill; Destiny may take thy part, And may thy fears fulfil; But think that we Are but turn'd aside to sleep; They who one another keep Alive, ne'er parted be. Love of a Different Kind John Donne’s underlying theme in Song (“Sweetest love, I do not go”) takes a different approach in the depiction of love in the Renaissance period. In most poems of this time frame, love is portrayed in a more promiscuous context, where it is acceptable for men to have sex with multiple women simply to fulfill their sexual needs. It is evident in other works of his including The Flea, and The Bait, where the speaker (presumably a male) is begging to have an opportunity in bed with a female figure. In Song (“Sweetest love, I do not go”) , however, there appears to be a more passionate love for the speaker and his listener. The adoring love Donne’s poem portrays is perfected through the utilization of literary elements as well as the contextual
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