Imagery In The Broken Heart By John Donne

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We know that each person interprets things differently. And plenty a people have commented on what they think love really is. And each one; in their own style, has found interesting ways to convey their attitude towards love. In “The Broken Heart” by John Donne, the speaker is talking about love in a broken heart. And him himself understands the pain because he’s experienced it himself, and he uses that pain to help convey his message. In "The Broken Heart," John Donne uses imagery, diction, and personification to reveal his view of love as a powerful, consuming, and cruel force. And to convey the feeling of heartbreak and the dangers of being in love.

With the use of Imagery, John Donne makes it that the readers can understand the devastating
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With the theme that love is pessimistic. We see how Donne uses a negative connotation of diction. With such words as “devours”, “Tyrant Pike”, “burn” and “starks” it creates a negative tone and view of love. With that view on love created with his chose of words, his use of phrase make love look even worse. For example, when he says, “But that it can ten in less space devour;” and “He is the tyrant pike, our hearts the fry”. It helped the speaker be able to convey his negative look on…show more content…
While the first two stanzas illustrate his view of Love in general and all lovers, the third stanza relates his personal experience with Love and Donne reveals the reason for his view of Love as a cruel, consuming power. Donne entice the readers with his use of figurative language, specifically imagery and personification, and diction. The speakers own experience with Love has left him feeling empty. And makes his feel how powerful and cruel love can really be. Donne’s use of those certain literary elements allows him to create a hostile speaker who is against love and is currently feeling heartbreak from losing his
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