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How has John Donne treated the theme of love in his poem Lovers Infiniteness?

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Transfer-Encoding: chunked Lover?s Infiniteness Q. How has John Donne treated the theme of love in his poem ?Lover?s Infiniteness?? Through his poem, John Donne, expresses his yearning to possess ?all? of his lady-love?s affection. He narrates about the pain and feelings he faces whilst trying to woo her. ?Lover?s Infiniteness? is part of Donne?s complex collection of literary work known as ?Songs and Sonnets?; this particular piece was published in 1601. The poem deals with a question of how ?vast? or unconditional someone?s love can be, thus the word ?Infiniteness? in the title which expresses the enormity of Donne?s love for her. Being a metaphysical poet, Donne induces the elements of religion, identity, passion and reasoning into his poetry- for instance, in this specific poem, he emphasizes his ?desire? for the ownership of his lover?s heart yet, continues to think deeply and question her faithfulness to him. This further leads him into overthinking about the unquestioning love he has for her and how she might never reciprocate that amount of love to him. ...read more.

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been doing so for a very long time and cannot afford to spend any more of his ?treasures? of ?sighs, tears, and oaths, and letters?. He calls her love for him as a ?gift? that is ?partial?: the irony -usually love towards a lover isn?t supposed to be partial- when he stresses on how her heart might belong to other men as well, not fully his. Donne says ?Dear, I shall never have thee all?, conveying how he worries about she not being his at all in reality. In the second stanza Donne questions his lady-love. He wonders that even if she did give him her ?all?, what if it doesn?t last for a long time? The lines convey a sense of insecurity and jealousy the poet feels when he ponders about other men- just like him- who too would go through pain and try to gain her heart by using their share of ?sighs, oaths and letters? that would ?outbid? him- he fears of losing her. ...read more.

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‘Thou canst not every day give me thy heart/ If thou canst give it, then thou never gav’st it’: he questions that if she didn’t give him her heart before, then what assures the fact that she will give him her heart later on? Through a painful yet gentle tone he says ‘Love’s riddles are, that though thy heart depart…sav’st it’, here Donne expresses that even she might never respond to his feelings or leave him, he would still keep her heart- that he once had for a short while- safe and will always cherish the memories that they had shared before. Towards the end of the poem, Donne requests his lady-love to join hearts with him and be everything for each other: ‘Than changing hearts, to join them, so we shall/ Be one, and one another’s all.’ Through 3 paragraphs, Donne successfully conveys the pain, efforts and time he had spent to gain his lady-love’s heart. He portrays different the consequences faced while craving for one’s love and attention. Subtly expressing his possessiveness and jealousy, he tells of his true, infinite love that he has for her and how he wishes for her to answer him with same infiniteness. ⺠...read more.

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