Compare the ways in which Donne presents the experience of love in ‘The Sun Rising’ and ‘The Good Morrow’

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In both ‘The Sun Rising’ and ‘The Good Morrow’ Donne presents the experience of love, in a typical Metaphysical style, to engage his reader through sharing his own experiences. These poems show distinctive characteristics of Metaphysical poems which involve colloquial diction, drawing inventive imagery from unconventional sources, passionately analysing relationships and examining feelings. Donne presents the experience of love through conceits, Metaphysical wit, language techniques and imagery, in a confident tone using logical argument. The impact of Donne’s use of direct and idiomatic language shows the reader how he feels about a woman and ultimately love.

In ‘The Sun Rising’ the tone and the language Donne uses when interacting
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Finally in the first stanza Donne uses an emphatic rhyming couplet to state that nothing, not even the ‘Sun...Nor hours, days, months’ can control the lovers. He seems adamant in persuading himself he is truly in love and rebels against the sun who he sees as his enemy because he is ruining his experience of love.

In the next stanza Donne continues to mock and tease the sun asking in another rhetorical question ‘Thy beams so reverend and strong/ Why shouldst thou think?’ It seems his ego has entered a contest with the sun. He argues that ‘I could eclipse and cloud them (the Sun’s rays) with a wink’ but he realises if he closes his eyes he ‘would lose her sight’ showing that he does not want to fail to notice his lover’s beauty. In a direct judgment Donne compares his lover to ‘th’Indias of spice and mine’ which at the time were valuable parts of the world. This conceit shows his growing feelings towards his lover. Donne emphasises his love for his woman by insisting that she is better than ‘those Kings’ and tells the sun ‘All here in one bed lay’.

In the final stanza, Donne’s poetic conceit is a whimsical poetic image of his feelings underlying the experience of love. A clear example of this is ‘She is all states, and all princes I;/Nothing else is;’ where Donne also uses trochaic and spondaic rhythm which emphasises the point phonetically. As in both poems, Donne’s temperament
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