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The Good-Morrow Analysis



Author: Poetry of John Donne Type: Poetry Views: 9082

I wonder, by my troth, what thou and I

Did, till we loved?were we not weaned till then,

But sucked on country pleasures, childishly?

Or snorted we in the seven sleepers' den?

'Twas so; but this, all pleasures fancies be.

If ever any beauty I did see,

Which I desired, and got, 'twas but a dream of thee.And now good morrow to our waking souls,

Which watch not one another out of fear;

For love all love of other sights controls,

And makes one little room an everywhere.

Let sea discovers to new worlds have gone,

Let maps to others, worlds on worlds have shown:

Let us possess one world; each hath one, and is one.

My face in thine eye, thine in mine appears,

And true plain hearts do in the faces rest;

Where can we find two better hemishperes,

Without sharp North, without declining West?

Whatever dies was not mixed equally;

If our two loves be one, or thou and I

Love so alike that none do slacken, none can die.






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The best-known poem of John Donne by which he tries to illuminate a true and lasting love relationship between two lovers.

| Posted on 2012-05-12 | by a guest


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some posts are 4too repetitive. The poem is about perceptual awareness of some sort

| Posted on 2011-08-03 | by a guest


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This is one of Donne\'s best known poems and a perfect sample of his way. The subject is love, love seen as an intense, absolute experience, which isolates the lovers from reality but gives them a different kind of awareness; a simultaneous narrowing and widening of reality.

| Posted on 2011-03-17 | by a guest


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This is one of Donne\'s best known poems and a perfect sample of his way. The subject is love, love seen as an intense, absolute experience, which isolates the lovers from reality but gives them a different kind of awareness; a simultaneous narrowing and widening of reality.

| Posted on 2011-03-17 | by a guest


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This is one of Donne\'s best known poems and a perfect sample of his way. The subject is love, love seen as an intense, absolute experience, which isolates the lovers from reality but gives them a different kind of awareness; a simultaneous narrowing and widening of reality.

| Posted on 2011-03-17 | by a guest


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This is one of Donne\'s best known poems and a perfect sample of his way. The subject is love, love seen as an intense, absolute experience, which isolates the lovers from reality but gives them a different kind of awareness; a simultaneous narrowing and widening of reality.

| Posted on 2011-03-17 | by a guest


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Seriously you are all losers people come to this website for information not for you tossers to complain about your boring lives.

| Posted on 2011-03-02 | by a guest


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Our country is in trouble, because we have morons that think Obama is a Muslim.

| Posted on 2011-01-14 | by a guest


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i came to this site trying to find an interpretation of this confusing poem.. instead i find people talking about \"creaming on a dead goat\" and so on... this kind of moronic thinking is the reason our country has a muslim as its president... god bless america.

| Posted on 2010-12-15 | by a guest


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Posts are moderated before publishing? That\'s hilarious! I came here hoping to get some enlightenment for my final, and now all I\'m going to think about it goat genitals and creaming.
THANKS SO MUCH
lol but the first one about the friend\'s uterus was actually pretty funny

| Posted on 2010-12-08 | by a guest


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i think this is a important poem because some people want same like

| Posted on 2010-11-30 | by a guest


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This poem reminds me of the time when i stuck my finger up my goats arse then licked it off. It tasted so oragasmic i creamed my pants, but then my auntie joined and she had diahrea and it went all over my face and i vomited but then decided to eat it with a soup spoon made of my freinds uterus.

| Posted on 2010-10-19 | by a guest


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The poet John Donne creats a beautiful and successful poem to make us feel about the reality of the love. Love caused to our evrey moved and it is very important thing,,, without love we cant spent our life. so the poet John Donne creats a poem regarding genuine love by reasonning arguveing and answering.
Sri Lanka..
2011 a/l
U.H.D.S.H.

| Posted on 2010-09-30 | by a guest


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i agree that the eyes on eyes line has to be the catchiest of the bunch;yet, i seriously doubt i would have been able to retain it from high school, had some movie not brought it accross. i may speak no further/:P

| Posted on 2010-09-12 | by a guest


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Good Morrow is an aubade or a poem of the dawn. Greeting here is asscociated with spiritual meaning. The poet describes the quintessential love for his beloved in a manner which is absolutely different from the conventional Petrarchan sonneteering. Irony and satire replaced the Petrarchan melancholy undertones in a love poem. The last line of the poem contains a conditional 'if' meaningfully which counterbalances all the hyperbolical expressions in the poem.
Dr.Ratan Bhattacharjee

| Posted on 2010-06-26 | by a guest


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Good Morrow is an aubade or a poem of the dawn. Greeting here is asscociated with spiritual meaning. The poet describes the quintessential love for his beloved in a manner which is absolutely different from the conventional Petrarchan sonneteering. Irony and satire replaced the Petrarchan melancholy undertones in a love poem. The last line of the poem contains a conditional 'if' meaningfully which counterbalances all the hyperbolical expressions in the poem.

| Posted on 2010-06-26 | by a guest


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i find it funny that it says these comments are moderated lol and that people care enough to argue over a poem.. its a poem, get over it. i cant believe i do this subject, and for anybody about to say that im blatently going to fail or whatever, im actually on target for an A. I just wanted to comment on how unbelievable it is that people can continuously argue about these poems and make a subject of it. Can't people just read it, have their own opinion and move on? maybe i should write a poem about it.. and btw.. those comments near the top of the page were so unexpected that i laughed.. real hard.

| Posted on 2010-03-16 | by a guest


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i don't belive in love but the poem is good its a message to a lovers
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| Posted on 2010-02-10 | by a guest


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i don't belive in love but the poem is good its a message to a lovers
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| Posted on 2010-02-10 | by a guest


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This poem reminds me of the time...
I had to hump a mule to get into a frat at school. good times..

| Posted on 2010-02-04 | by a guest


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what you are writing is really immature and you are ruining a great site for a great poem. after writing this i am going to have to force a small child to cream all over my face and genitals, maybe even my inner thigh, all of this will be done out of anger for what you have written!

| Posted on 2010-01-22 | by a guest


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reminds me of when i used to cook homeless children and cream all over their crispy corpses

| Posted on 2010-01-22 | by a guest


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i creamed all over a dead corpse when i read this. i then made love to ed ponti's eye socket and he is now blind. all thanks to this poem. i then put pepper grinders up charlie maynard's anuse. he liked it. then we all read this poem and creamed all over each others faces. the end.

| Posted on 2010-01-22 | by a guest


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when i read this my lizard jizzed all over my hairy chest and then i had my sister caress my nipples

| Posted on 2010-01-22 | by a guest


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i like to rub poetry all over my dirty bumhole and then eat it. i would do that to this poem.

| Posted on 2010-01-22 | by a guest


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this poem reminds me of the time where TOM FIELD took a dump on my chest and then proceeded to smear it all over my gentials, thus i contracted cystitus.

| Posted on 2010-01-22 | by a guest


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This poem reminds me of the time I shoved a rubber chicken up my ass, and I bled, and my mum asked me why and I said "chicken" and then shat.

| Posted on 2010-01-21 | by a guest


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This poem is beautiful like the shit that comes out of my ass. It reminds me of the time I was violated by a diseased sheep; if a poem was a domestic animal, I'd do this one so hard it would molt early.

| Posted on 2010-01-20 | by a guest


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I think Donne presents a specific kind of love, one with partners who are equal and perfectly matched. This kind of love is immortal and more powerful than the deteriorating effects of time. In fact the time spent living without love is compared to our time as infants, or sleep. A semi/sub-conscious state where we aren't really alive. I feel the 'love' in this poem is almost obsessive where the only thing that matter to either of the two lovers is one another.

| Posted on 2009-11-09 | by a guest


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To the person below, from the person below the person below.
Youthful playfulness and flippancy are qualities not usually interpreted as 'arrogance'. My message was simply a procrastination and somewhat of an attempt to liven up this page. You sound quite old...
By 'getting' poetry I simply meant that I marginally understood it.
And you also mistook my appreciativeness of the varity of human life for criticism. I can detect no note of criticism in what I said.
You said my opinions were like something taken from a a York Notes book and that may be because I am 18 years of age and do not need to understand the poem to the depth that you have, perhaps, studied it to. I only need to understand the content of the poem enough to pass my English Literature exam. I also do not own a York Notes book on Donne or have I googled him. I simply read the poem.
Grammar check? Where can I find one of those?
Anyway, I still love this poem. My favourite lines are 'My face in thine eye, thine in mine appears,/ And true plain hearts do in the faces rest;'
I once heard a quote about a person's soul lying in their facial features and expressions. These lines immediately made me think of this and I realised how true it was. A person's heart does lie in the face. Donne is saying that they physically appear in each others eyes but I feel he is also saying that they represent each other somewhat characteristically as well. They find parts of themselves in each other.
I also like the way Donne talks about the Alchemy and medical beliefs of the time. There is something so fascinating about the way humans used to think and how far wrong they were from the truth.
We discussed what the 'If' meant in the second from last line and we detected doubts and insecurity in Donne's tone. He seems to be almost convincing himself. 'Love so alike, that none do slacken, none can die.' 'We are so alike! Our love will never slacken! Our love can ever die!'
Donne also seems to be making a new world for himself and his lover in many of his poems. A new world exempt from time and change. His comment 'Without sharp North, without declining West' seems to be extracting the evil from his world of love and yet how can the world exist and continue without North and West? He also does this in 'The Sun Rising' when he chastises the sun for it's very being. He says that he can obliterate the sun with a wink of his eye and yet while this may be true in a way, Donne comes to realise that the human race including himself and his lover cannot exist without the sun and its warmth.
Donne also seems to swing between being in support of Plato's philosophies and violently against them.
Thank you.

| Posted on 2009-09-29 | by a guest


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The person who has commented below me seems fairly arrogant! Claiming to 'get' the poetry, whatever that means, whilst criticising everyone else. Fair shout, you have your opinions, but posting them as yours is fairly arrogant also, considering that you have simply stated what any York Notes book would say about Donne. Also, consider using a grammar check before you post if you cannot get it right yourself.
On to the poem -
Whilst on the surface, you do see the beautiful love poem, there is also scope to claim that this poem is a criticism of the divided nature of the world as it is today. Donne portrays the two halves of his love (in effect, a Yin and a Yan, or Plato's Symposium - the constant search for the other half and the unity once it is found) as the perfect unity, and then goes on to question why the world itself cannot be such. He criticises the "sharp North" and "declining West", saying that he would lose these and make a world out of two perfect hemispheres. Put in context of the world at the time, Britain was becoming a dominant force and so Donne would not have been making these comments from the point of view of one losing out. It is clear that he is presenting an objective view on the troubles of the world. Donne's poem could be considered a 'pacifist' poem in that sense, using his perfect love as the basis for harmony.

| Posted on 2009-09-18 | by a guest


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Looking at these comments I have to laugh... I know guys who do the commenting crap all the time just for laughs and it is funny. Then you get all the serious people (adults) telling them off. Lol.
Anyhow, I'm doing John Donne in Eglish at the minute and he is fantastic. There are so many layers and meanings behind each idea. You read the poem and get one message then read it again and get an entirely different message and you have to go back to the beginning again and figure it out.
There is a lot of sexual references in his poetry too. Anyone notice the sexual imagry in the first stanza? It's kinda obvious.
Also I think John Donne is very open and somewhat arrogant in his poetry. I think the first stanza is saying like how much 'experience' he has had with women, almost boastfully, but then says 'they are noting to you...' this new girl who is him and he is her.
You gotta love it.
It's so sweet.
I want to give it to my boyfriend but I think he'd look at me as if I had three heads and ask me what it was for. I don't like how regular guys don't get poetry.

They'd get so many more girls if they did. Haha.

| Posted on 2009-09-15 | by a guest


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Thankyou to those who have posted HELPFUL information (the operative word being helpful).

| Posted on 2009-07-10 | by a guest


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Thks for all the analysis of this poem, appreciate. I couldnt understand at first until I read the few analysis provided here. Appreciate.

| Posted on 2009-07-06 | by a guest


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This poem is really a great iove's poem.I think every lovers should compleatly realise this poem.I can realised it hardly (ANJAN 01812031262)

| Posted on 2009-05-26 | by a guest


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Donne's poem is an aubade. In this poem he discarded the platonic tradition of celebrating female faithfulness. The last two lines are the most interesting. The conditional 'if' is the focal point. All love is true and genuine if the two lovers are one in their feelings and thought. So Donne does not blindly subscribe to the apotheosis of the beloved. Love is true only when it is reciprocated by the two souls of the lover and the beloved.
Dr. Ratan Bhattacharjee
Dum Dum Motijheel College, Calcutt University.India

| Posted on 2009-04-15 | by a guest


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thanks too much
this poem is very imprtant for me and for my study
thanks to every one analyse this poem

| Posted on 2009-03-22 | by a guest


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pantek puisi mah...
paniang den ma nela'ah
kanciang
paja pantek ma lo yang mambuek ko,
ancak shakespeare lai
dasar kucir(kumbang cirik)
abal(anjiang balai)

| Posted on 2009-03-03 | by a guest


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this is my altime favorte poem, without a doubt. i have done and read constantly each different analysis people have and each time i learn something new. Now when i come to a site like this it really gets me pissed off to see stupid people trying to start fights over what is supposed to be a message board for people's analysis on this poem. get a life you guys and learn to appreciate good poetry. then maybe one day you might actually used something you learned to get a girl and do something instead of picking fights on the internet.

| Posted on 2009-02-04 | by a guest


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Donne's on biography is reflected upon this poem, although he went thru many financial troubles within his life, he managed to a have a successful marraige. Donne's own life story can tell us his personal thoughts and how he was able to maintain that in his poetry. "Good Morrow" is Donne's perspective of life before he was in love, he imposes questions of how he could have been living this whole time without the aspects of love included in his lifestyle. In addition, the way he describes his life before love indicates that he was incomplete, such as "childishly" which may illustrate that Donne is representing the halfness of his life maybe? childish, to be younger, less mature, conveys incompleteness, not yet an adult. Without his lover he is indicating that he was incomplete, but then later once he finds his love, he unites with her and turns into one sould... i dont know if this is a correct analysis but i was just wondering if this concept can actually be legit, please feel free to comment on this aspect.

| Posted on 2008-12-17 | by a guest




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