The Anaylitical Approach to John Donne's "The Apparition"

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John Donne was to most, considered a metaphysical poet, or a poet who finds their inspiration on expressing the world not as it would be universally revealed but in the world as science and philosophy account it. The poem "The Apparition" lacks many of the general characteristics that distinguish metaphysical poetry but continues to be classified as a metaphysical representation (Norton, 1). "The Apparition" contains at least three transformations of feeling. The manifestation success of this relationship gives the speaker so much pleasure that he revokes the suggestion he suggested in the beginning, the idea of threatening his lover into more agreeable behavior because he believes he would enjoy her chastisement more than her reformation.…show more content…
This warning is that she will be transformed into a ghost by fear, just as he was by love and rejection. His wish for her is that she will begin to realize her thread of life is torn, loose, and irrelevant. Even though his ghostly condition is substantial, her ghost is more so. He has slipped out of time and become a shadow waiting for her spirit. He was neglected and his hope is for her to feel this pain. The culminating point of the speaker's resentment comes within the last four lines of the stanza, and this is where we see the true intentions of the speaker. "What I will say I will not tell thee now, / Lest that preserve thee..." (14-15). After calling his mistress a "poor aspen wretch" and a "feigned vestal", he insists on saving the best for last. He would rather keep her in this transparent world and let her suffer what he will say. "...And since my love is spent" (15). This seems like a debatable statement, if his love is spent than why hold back words that may hurt the lost lover even more. For that matter why write about her at all since he has let it go? He claims he no longer loves her and therefore no longer desires her love. But because the threat is so vague, it suggests that his desperate desire could be to achieve the opposite of what he intended. "I'd rather thou should'st painfully repent / Than by my threat'nings rest still innocent" (16-17). He could hope to threaten the mistress into loving him. By keeping harsher

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