Using ‘the Good-Morrow’ and One Other Appropriately Selected Poem Discuss How Donne Presents Lovers in the World of His Time. Essay

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Using ‘The Good-Morrow’ and one other appropriately selected poem discuss how Donne presents lovers in the world of his time. Donne’s ‘The Good-Morrow’ and ‘The Sun Rising’ are both poems in which he presents lovers in the world of his time. He does this differently in each poem but keeps the same message really in both poems. The structure of ‘The Good-Morrow’ consists of three stanzas containing seven lines in each with an ABABCCC rhyme scheme and the Alexandrine rhyme coming through at the end of each rhyming couplet, in the final stanza as the emphasis is put on the last six syllables, it gives off the impression of uncertainty on Donne’s part where he doesn’t believe his lover actually feels the same way about him as she doesn’t answer him. This is similar to the structure of ‘The Sun Rising’ as it also consists of three stanzas; however, there are ten lines in each of these stanzas this variety of metre shows the poets frustration as he tries to get rid of the sun. The rhyme scheme of this poem is extremely different to that of the one previously investigated; it has a ABBACDCDEE rhyme scheme with the rhyming couplet at the end of every stanza having different levels of iambs. There is an abrupt opening in both poems, ‘The Good-Morrow’ opens with a series of interrogatives: ‘Did, till we loved? Were we not weaned then?..Childishly?..We in the ‘seven sleepers’ den?’ which shows how Donne presents the lovers of his time through the mystery of how it has taken them so long to be together. The idea that Donne thinks about how they were and what they were doing before they met each other shows his love for this woman and how many people may have viewed the idea both at that time and in today’s society. The words: ‘Snorted’ and ‘Sucked’ here represents the wet nurse of that era and debased animalistic sexual reference which gives off the tone of harsh

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