The country pleasures which John Donne mentioned in The Good Morrow is an example of the physical pleasures which the poet seeks to satisfy in physical activities.

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In Donne’s poetry, individual desire operates on two levels: on one level, it is the desire which is born out of the lower self and seeks gratification in the pleasures of the senses.  On another level desire is spiritual and it seeks to transcend the physical.  The “country pleasures” which John Donne mentioned in “The Good Morrow” is an example of the physical pleasures which the poet seeks to satisfy in physical activities.  However such kinds of pleasures are only mere illusions, that is, “fancies”.

The desire to love is felt like an inner urge in the poet.  It is a spiritual force which transcends the physical to meet at a higher level and brings about a unity of souls.  His only desire was to be united with his beloved:

“If ever any beauty I did see,

Which I desired, and got, ‘twas but a dream of thee”.

The strong urge of the desire to love is enacted effectively by the tone of the last two lines in the first stanza of “The Good Morrow”.  The caesuras after “see” in line 6 of the first stanza and in line 7 of the first stanza enacts forcefully the inner urge which the poet feels.

The “desire” starts in a dream to have a “beauty” and that desire is fulfilled majestically.  The use of metaphysical conceits dominate the last two

stanzas.  The lovers see worlds of their own reflected in the pupils of each other.  Here we can see that the desire is not sensual pleasure, rather it is the new horizon which love opens to the poet which are of significance.  Hence, the desire is more of a spiritual nature.  The emphasis throughout the second and third stanzas is on the soul rather than on the physical.  It is the desire of a soul in quest of divine joy.  Harmony and inner tranquillity can only be attained through a union of souls.

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In “Holy Sonnets I”, the poet’s desire for Divine grace is strongly articulated. He appeals to God’s mercy to save him before it is too late and he is eternally dead.” It is a prayer of a lost soul seeking divine grace to prevent it from damnation in the fire of hell.  The poet realises his helplessness in the face of death.  Only divine grace can help him to attain salvation.  The sincerity of the prayer is evident throughout the sonnet.  Man is a born sinner for he has been created weak.  But with the help of the creator, man ...

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