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Air And Angels Analysis

Author: Poetry of John Donne Type: Poetry Views: 1808

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Twice or thrice had I loved thee,

Before I knew thy face or name,

So in a voice, so in a shapeless flame,

Angels affect us oft, and worship'd be;

Still when, to where thou wert, I came,

Some lovely glorious nothing I did see.

But since my soul, whose child love is,

Takes limbs of flesh, and else could nothing do,

More subtile than the parent is,

Love must not be, but take a body too,

And therefore what thou wert, and who,

I bid Love ask, and now

That it assume thy body, I allow,

And fix itself in thy lip, eye, and brow.Whilst thus to ballast love, I thought,

And so more steadily to have gone,

With wares which would sink admiration,

I saw, I had love's pinnace overfraught,

Ev'ry thy hair for love to work upon

Is much too much, some fitter must be sought;

For, nor in nothing, nor in things

Extreme, and scatt'ring bright, can love inhere;

Then as an Angel, face, and wings

Of air, not pure as it, yet pure doth wear,

So thy love may be my loves sphere;

Just such disparity

As is twixt Air and Angels' purity,

'Twixt women's love, and men's will ever be.


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| Posted on 2017-03-10 | by a guest

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Very helpful in getting the main idea across and nice breakdown of the main idea of the work. The idea of the in-between love is a major theme because John Donne did not separate sexual love from spiritual love in his poetry. I believe that this poem captures this expression nicely. Nice analysis!

| Posted on 2014-11-03 | by a guest

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Thanks very much to the person that left the analysis. Great help for my English Lit homework. :D

| Posted on 2013-11-26 | by a guest

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If it ain't helpful why bother leaving a comment? Haters going to hate :) it made sense to me

| Posted on 2013-08-06 | by a guest

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John Donne’s poem “Air and Angels” focuses on the medieval beliefs respecting angels. Angels are commonly seen as messengers of God or appear as a conventional representation of a human form with wings. A popular theory in medieval times assumed angels under certain circumstances did assume bodies of air. The underlying theme of this poem is on love. John Donne’s theory is that love cannot exist in nothing or in things, but somewhere in-between. The ideal of love expressed throughout the poem takes on a shapeless and physical form, but to John Donne, love takes on the form of air and angels, which is the in-between. Throughout the poem, it shows love taking on two forms, a shapeless and physical form. In the first stanza there are illustrations and clear examples showing the two forms of love. In the first stanza of the poem the poet remembers a past in which he loved his lady before he knew her face or name; her effect upon him is likened to that of angles which, “so in a v
\" This means that he is asking for love to take the body of the woman. . This in-between of love, which was clearly illustrated by John Donne, is in fact air and angels. in a shapeless flame,\" are worshipped by man. John Donne realizes the inequality between air and angels, as well as between men and women. John Donne than proceeds to say, \"That it assume thy body, I allow, And fix, itself in thy lip, eye, and brow. Finally, it is apparent to see that in, \"As is \'twixt air and angels\' purity, \'Twixt women\'s love and men\'s will ever be,\"that relative purity is being represented in angels and man, while the perfection of purity is of the air and the woman. John Donne continues his line of reasoning by remarking that the soul, a soul being the immortal part of a human being, often regarded as immortal or the moral, emotional or intellectual nature of a person, gives birth to love which has \"limbs of flesh. Again, the ideal of love taking a shapeless and physical form is discussed, but in stanza two. This ideal of \"ballast love\" used by John Donne means that he had intended to steady or by so embody love. Stanza one and two provided clear illustrations of these two forms of love. John Donnediscovered instead that the wares which he placed upon his love \"would sink admiration,\" meaning his love would not please contemplation. Throughout the poem, than translated into the essay, it is clear to see that love takes on a shapeless and physical form. Where it states, \"Then, as an angel, face, and wings Of air, not as pure as it, yet pure doth wear,\" indicates that it was thought angels are immaterial, but \"assume\" a body of air, the least immaterial of the elements when they appear to men. Although love throughout the poem takes on a shapeless and physical form, John Donne\'s theory to love is that it cannot exist in nothing or in things, but somewhere in-between.

| Posted on 2010-10-21 | by a guest

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