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Song - John Donne

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1. Donne sees human love as a power that can resist change or decay in the world. How does Donne affirm this power in his love poetry? Base your essay on one of Donne's love poems Song [Go and catch a falling star] is an aged piece of literature written by John Donne. The poet shows his skepticism towards the foundation of true love and the finding of a "pure" woman. He exercises sarcasm through metaphorical terms to convey that attaining love and its power to refute change. The poem is divided into three stanzas and each stanza portrays different stories and perspectives of the poet towards true love and the pure nature of women, and the attainment of love. Donne's Songs does not describe a single unchanging view of love; they express a wide variety of emotions and attitudes (over varying stanzas), as if Donne himself were trying to define his experience of love through his poetry. Love can be an experience of the body, the soul, or both; it can be a religious experience, or merely a sensual one, and it can give rise to emotions ranging from ecstasy to despair. ...read more.


The next three sentences; "Ride ten thousand days and nights, Till Age snow white hairs on thee; Thou, when thou return'st, wilt tell me," shows that one of the character that the poet has employed; the second character is collectively talking to the male and stating that he must go onto an expedition where he must journey for days and days onwards, until his hair turns grey and if he finds true love, he must return and share his knowledge with the this second character. The rest of the stanza plays off this sense of a command where the poet states; "And swear, No where, Lives a woman true, and fair. -." This stanza possess that the character Donne employs does not loose this faith in the possibility of finding love, even after his prolonged journey. Donne's affirmation that love resists change can be observed mainly through this stanza. Donne shows his bitterness towards women through the course of the second stanza where he shows that it is impossible to find a pure woman along with true love or any of the two. He clearly states, through his personal perspective, that finding true love is difficult. ...read more.


approach this person and develop a relationship that means the world to you, even though this relationship is the most important aspect of your life, this relationship may be the final creation of your hard work and you may have discovered what you were looking for but in the end your heart will be broken and you will suffer. This is shown through; "Though at next door we might meet, though she were true, when you met her, and last, till you write your letter, yet she, Will be, False, ere I come, to two, or three." Donne does not consider that true love can ever be originated; yet the journey and need for love remain resistive over time as it comes to change. Donne expresses an enormously wide range of feelings in his work, all relating to the experience of love, but varying from the heights of ecstasy to the depths of despair. This variety of feeling lends Donne's poetry much of its impact, for we seem to be reading an individual's personal experience of love, and not just a poet's contribution to a long-standing tradition of poetic love. ?? ?? ?? ?? Page 1 ...read more.

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