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Compare The Treatment In The Poems 'Sonnet 18' And 'The Sun Rising'.

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Compare The Treatment In The Poems 'Sonnet 18' And 'The Sun Rising' In 'The Sun Rising' by John Donne, the poet is awakened by the sun's rays streaming through the curtains into his bedroom, where he lies with his lover. Wishing to prolong (to lengthen in duration) the pleasure of lying in, cuddled beside her, he tells the Sun not to disturb the peace of the bedroom. The fact that the Sun's other duties are, amongst others, to wake "late schoolboys" and "call country ants to harvest offices" suggests that the day is already well established, and the poet must soon accept to part from his lover's embrace. But love, he argues, is not ruled by time or the natural order, and is quite independent of them, and therefore he is annoyed that the Sun should meddle in the affairs of lovers and cause this parting: "Love, all alike, no season knows, nor clime, Nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time." Indeed, in the second and third stanzas, Donne questions the natural order, and claims that the love between himself and his girl is superior to the Sun's, and all other rulers', power: He can "eclipse and cloud" the Sun's beams "with a wink", and his lover's eyes will blind the Sun, so beautiful are they. ...read more.


In addition, the poet is approaching the Sun from an entirely new direction: the lyrical, traditional Sun is a great being, worshipped by all for bringing light to the world and for being so powerful. The cheeky challenge to this authority, mirrored by a challenge to all the kingdoms of the Earth, is entirely original and leaves the reader taken aback: this love must be quite something for the poet to feel himself the measure of the Sun, and to be ready to protect this love against such powerful opposition. Here, the woman to whom this poem is really addressed thinks, is a man whose love is genuine and whose motives are noble; what's more, he has a sense of humour. The jocular tone of the poem and its use of mocking imagery was a refreshing change from the terribly serious love poetry that characterised the seventeenth century. The extensive flattery would have been much appreciated, and the irreverent, joyful mood of the poem would coincide well with the lover's own mood. However, its originality would make it more striking and memorable. Because it is successful with regards to its target audience, but also to the lay reader, the poem is shown to be a good one. ...read more.


In lines seven and eight the speaker ends the complication by describing how nature is never perfect. Line nine starts the resolution of the poem by using the conjunction "but". "Eternal summer" (line 9) is referring back to the man's eternal beauty, using summer to symbolize beauty, and saying that the man's beauty will never fail like the summer's beauty. In lines ten, eleven, and twelve the speaker says that the man, "When in eternal lines to time thou growest" (line 12) or when he grows old, will not lose possession of what is fair to him, and "Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade" (line 11) or he will not be poor in health and close to dying. Lines thirteen and fourteen say that as long as this poem is read, the man's beauty will never go away, because every time someone reads the poem they will be reminded of his beauty. This poem that Shakespeare wrote, describes how all beauty fades except for the man about whom Shakespeare is writing. Shakespeare makes use of much symbolism and many other figurative devices in this poem that contribute and emphasize to the overall theme of the poem. Andrew Walker 10H English Coursework 1 ...read more.

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There is good analysis of both poems here and a clear understanding of the meaning of the poems. As the essay is a comparison the points need to be linked as you make them rather than looking at each poem in turn.

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