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The Sunne Rising - John Donne.

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Introduction

The Sunne Rising - John Donne The Poem "The Sunne Rising" by John Donne is simply about love, particularly the love the writer feels for his partner, whom the writer bedded the previous night and is still in bed with at the time of the poem. Throughout the poem he continually states that he is more than willing to stay with his love in his bed for the rest of time "Ask for those whom thou saw'st yesterday\ And thou shalt heare, All here in one bed lay". The writer continually reiterates that he wants to be with his love forever but time, symbolised by the sun, does not permit this. The first stanza the writer vents his frustration towards the sun with a string of arrogant curses and cheek "Sawcy pedantique wretch", but, as the poem progresses, we see that this apparent arrogance is born only out of love for his partner, and he compares the two in the second stanza "If her eyes have not blinded thine". ...read more.

Middle

The imagery used in the first stanza is colourful and gives us the idea that the sun interrupts all things, proving the writer's point that the sun is an unwanted intruder. Towards the end of the stanza the writer is less concerned with criticising the sun and more with his love and how that bond is interfered with by time "Love, all alike, no season knowes, nor clyme\ Nor houres, dayes, moneths, which are the rags of time." Our reading pace is slowed down to fully comprehend the writers apparent change of heart, and this is done by the strategic placement of the word "Love", at the very start of the last line, directly followed by a comma, forcing us to pause and ponder it. The second stanza begins as almost the continuation of the first, as he continues to praise his love, and although he still insults the sun "I could eclipse and cloud them with a winke". The writer goes on the compare his love to spices of India, and mined treasures, such highly regarded objects in Donne's time. ...read more.

Conclusion

This does not insult the sun as much as it simply degrades it and elevates the position of the lovers. The tempo of this stanza is a slow and contemplative one, and usuing long words, such as "alchimie" and "contracted", or ones with open vowel sounds, such as "honour's" and "ease", achieve this. The stanza seems less divided into lines and more into long, flowing sentences. Donne uses imagery to great effect in "The Sunne Rising" and the language enhances these images. It is apparent that the different types of language are attached to different emotions, with the extravagant and smooth language attached to love and the harsh critical language attached to the writer's criticism of the sun. Throughout the poem, Donne uses changes in tone, diction and clever arguments to sway us from out initial impression that the writer is a nagging and callous person, to one that is deeply and emotionally involved with the love of his life. Sam Bateman 11 W 1 ...read more.

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