John Donne 's A Fever

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A Fever:
Theodore M DeConne
Southern Connecticut State University

“Love,” is described as a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent child, or friend (“Love”). As a metaphysical poet, John Donne is known for use of strange paradoxical imagery, complicated thought, and questioning the nature of the reader’s reality. In the sonnet, “A Fever,” Donne explores an unusual and complex love that he has for a woman. Throughout this poem Donne makes use of the contrasting themes of love and hate. While some might this consider this unusually, Donne’s use of the contrasting themes of love and hate show that the love a woman can give purpose to a man’s existence.
Donne begins his poem by asking the woman he loves not to die. He goes on to say “Do not die, for I shall hate, all women so, when thou art gone.” This is Donne’s first use of the contrasting themes love and hate. Donne loves this woman so much. He shows this claiming that if she survives her illness he will love her, however if she dies he will hate all other women. His life will have no meaning without her, and he cannot possibly love another woman, so he has no choice but to hate all women. “That thee I shall not celebrate, when I remember, thou wast one("John Donne: A Fever").”, and he cannot celebrate her death, because the reminder of her death will be too painful and he will also be reminded that she was also a woman. Donne puts all of his happiness into the survival

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