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Analysis of "The Good Morrow"

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Essay #2 Rakesh Penumalli Analysis of "The Good Morrow" "Love is everything. It is the key to life, and its influences are those that move the world." Even though this was said by Ralph Waldo Trine, an American author, in a way still applies to the argument made in "The Good Morrow," by John Donne. In the poem "The Good Morrow," John Donne conveys to the reader, the message that love is above all and nothing can surpass it. Donne supports this argument of his, mainly by using the progression of diction and imagery through the three stanzas of the poem. In the first stanza, the speaker and the lover are in a deep sleep and almost a coma (the reference to the "seven sleepers' den") ...read more.


And dreams only occur when one is sleeping, which is usually at times before sunrise, in other words it is before one wakes up from their sleep. It also alludes to the childish state of the progression of love and life. In the second stanza, the speaker wishes their awaking souls from the childish sleep. Donne tells the reader that the speaker is not afraid of his lover, and vice versa, according to line nine, "Which watch not one another out of fear; / For love, all love of other sights controls," which also shows that they are great lovers, because they look at each other with love. According to line eleven, the whole world is within the walls of the room that these lovers are in. ...read more.


The diction is yet again positive and euphonious. This stanza can be related as the point where they have fully realized their dream of loving each other. At the same time they have also experienced the power of love and its everlasting qualities. This in a way relates to the daylight hours, because that is when most of the world does its work, and when these lovers accomplish their task of loving one another. At last but not the least, this is a poem that shows progression from childishness to maturity, and relates to the times of the day and the role of the sun. In this poem the diction is mainly monosyllabic, general, formal, and connotative. In this poem, "The Good Morrow," John Donne puts forth for the reader, the argument that love is the greatest, and he accomplishes this through his successful use of the progression of diction, and imagery through the poems. ...read more.

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