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Compare and contrast the attitudes to love addressed in "Loves Alchemy" and "Twicknam Garden" Twicknam Garden was a poem written by John Donne in 1607. It is one of John Donne's late pieces of work and is thought to be written about his patron and his feelings for her. Compared to his patron he was a much lower class, almost a beggar compared to her. Twicknam Garden shows a very unique outlook on love, it shows definate bitterness towards love, but in a more reserved way than Loves Alchemy, Twicknam Garden disdains love, but shows some respect towards the feeling. Whereas Loves Alchemy holds a completely different outlook and resentment to the feeling completely and wishes that this feeling had never been felt at all. Donne starts off Twicknam Garden with "Blasted with sighs, and surrounded with tears" This shows he is very emotional about the subject, and even thinking of it makes him cry. He then goes on to say he wishes to find a cure for this feeling, to receive a new feeling, and to stop the pain he feels from his love for his patron: "Hither I come to seek the spring, Receive such ...read more.


Donne is trying to show a different side to love, expressing his beliefs that spiritual love does not exist and those who are searching for it are only wasting their time. He suggests that all love relies on heavily based sexual connections, which is why the first lines give great sexual reference, The poem opens with two lines that lay the groundwork for the analogy and that have a sexual implication. The word "digged" and the image of "love's mine", obviously allow for the comparison between the Platonist's and the alchemists. Instead of resenting love in this poem, John resents a specific outlook on love, the more spiritual side of love. In Twicknam Garden Donne talks about either his lover, or love in General being like the snake in the Garden of Eden, "True paradise, I have the serpent brought." In Twicknam Garden Donne is depressed, and wishes to either stop the feeling all together, or to be left alone, and not mocked for feeling this, he wishes it were winter so that the cold frost and the dark weather would reflect his inner feelings, instead of the spring flowers. ...read more.


Alchemy, his mind is made up on his view of love, and he is deliberately trying to put a point across, Twicknam Garden is a more emotional poem regarding love, and seems like it was less planned, and less stern in its format. Donne's feelings also change through the Stanza's of Twicknam Garden, with the final stanza being quite critical of women in general, saying that they cannot be trusted. "And take my tears, which are love's wine, and try your mistress' tears at home, For all are false, that taste not just like mine" "Nor can you more judge a woman's thoughts by tears, than by her shadow, what she wears" Shows his ultimate untrusting nature towards women, brought about by his latest passion. Donne says all tears that taste not like his own are false, quite an arrogant and self centered view, but saying something quite profound. No one knows what it is like to feel how another does, people can feel similar, and have been in similar situations, but no one feels the same emotions and feelings when treated in specific ways. This means everyone's tears would "taste" different, and so some therefore seem false. ...read more.

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