Go and Catch a Falling Star

1047 WordsJan 27, 20145 Pages
Song: Go and catch a falling star The poem “Song: Go and catch a falling star” was written by the cherished poet, John Donne. In this satirical poem, through a series of images, he conveys his belief on the faithfulness, or rather the unfaithfulness of women. Donne’s use of diction, allusion, imagery, sound effects, and tone create a unique richness in the language of the poem, which make it enjoyable to read. The denotations and connotations of this poem create more depth and richness. In line 5, the word “mermaid” denotes a beautiful, mythical creature. The first connotation that comes to mind is the myth because mermaids are usually thought to be fictional. This goes along with Donne’s message because he believes that finding…show more content…
In Antony and Cleopatra, the line “Give me to drink mandragora that I might sleep out this great gap of time” and in Othello, the line “Not poppy, nor mandragora, nor all the drowsy syrups in the world, shall ever medicine thee to that sweet sleep” alludes to the mandrake roots’ magical properties of making someone drowsy or bringing them to an eternal sleep. The connotation of the mandrake root where it is deadly alludes to the line in Romeo and Juliet, “Shrieks like mandrakes’ torn out of the earth” and in King Henry VI, the line “Would curses kill, as doth a mandrakes’ groan.” The imagery in the poem is used to explain how impossible it is to find a faithful woman and to over exaggerate finding this kind of lady. The mandrake root, devil’s foot, and mermaid are obvious examples of impossibility. The title of the poem, “Go and catch a falling star” is another example of something that is thought of as unfeasible and almost magical. The lines “Ride ten thousand days and nights, Till age snow white hairs on thee” are used as a hyperbole. Donne uses these lines as an exaggeration to explain that it does not matter how long a man searches for an honest woman because even if he looks for one for a thousand days and nights, he will never find one. Another use of a hyperbole is in the lines “Go and catch a falling star, Though she were true, when you met her, Yet she will be false”. Donne used these lines to overstate that every
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