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The Sun Rising Analysis



Author: poem of John Donne Type: poem Views: 51

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Busy old fool, unruly sun,

Why dost thou thus,

Through windows and through curtains, call on us?

Must to thy motions lovers' seasons run?

Saucy pedantic wretch, go chide

Late schoolboys and sour 'prentices,

Go tell court-huntsmen that the King will ride,

Call country ants to harvest offices;

Love, all alike, no season knows, nor clime,

Nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time.



Thy beams so reverend and strong

Why shouldst thou think?

I could eclipse and cloud them with a wink

But that I would not lose her sight so long:

If her eyes have not blinded thine,

Look, and, tomorrow late, tell me

Whether both th' Indias of spice and mine

Be where thou left'st them, or lie here with me.

Ask for those kings whom thou saw'st yesterday,

And thou shalt hear 'All here in one bed lay'.



She is all states, and all princes I;

Nothing else is.

Princes do but play us; compared to this,

All honour's mimic, all wealth alchemy.

Thou, sun, art half as happy as we,

In that the world's contracted thus;

Thine age asks ease, and since thy duties be

To warm the world, that's done in warming us.

Shine here to us, and thou art everywhere;

This bed thy centre is, these walls thy sphere.






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||| Analysis | Critique | Overview Below |||

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A metaphysical love poem with hyperbolic assertions.
R.

| Posted on 2012-06-14 | by a guest


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The poet sacarstically ridicule the works of the sun because the sun works more than what God send ha to do.

| Posted on 2012-01-12 | by a guest


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EXCUSE ME!Will somebody tell me whats the matter between British and Americans? I think that guy was right in opinion to enjoy life instead of analyzing dead men poetry. ANI.

| Posted on 2011-01-08 | by a guest


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Donne was well educated and well traveled. He was very familiar with the consequences of being a catholic(brother\'s priest friend disemboweled) and a heterosexual (himself banging is boss\'s niece) in 16th century England. The Sun is obviously the light of reason charged with the task of illuminating its dependents for as long as its truth will burn bright. When out of the solidarity and kindness of it\'s righteous heart it endeavored to cast some of its abundant wisdom into a dark room otherwise bereft of its own, it found it\'s charity was met only with reproach. The more vocal of the two inhabitants of the room devoid of illumination proceeded to throw a tantrum. The sun, adorned in its stars and stripes then decided it had better stuff to do, whereupon the bitter poet wearing a union jack man thong continued to rant about the indies and his lover who is a man.

| Posted on 2010-09-07 | by a guest


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John Donne exploits his sexuality through the sun imagery whilst contracting his religious ammendments about his sexual ectacsy

| Posted on 2010-08-25 | by a guest


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the sun rising is a cool poem of john right? so we all hav studied that in the poem the lover and the beloved is being disturbed by the sun through its interferring nature.yangdup ongchen bhutia sikkim university 4thsem 2010 eng honours.

| Posted on 2010-03-23 | by a guest


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Hey...you man
"the american guy torlled you hard. overall i think you people need to get out more, get a girlfriend and a social life. theres more to life than analysing dead mens poetry."
this website is helping me pass my literature class.
youre obviously taking the time to comment as well
so instead of criticizing..
get a life, get a girlfriend.
and leave it alone already.

| Posted on 2010-02-23 | by a guest


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The sun rising is starts with “Busy old fool, unruly sun,” He is cross because the sun has woken him and his lover. “saucy pedantic wretch, go chide late school boys,” He tells the sun to go away and chase the late school boys, he also carries on to tell it to “Go tell the court-huntsmen that the king will ride, Call country aunts harvest offices:” The reader can get the sense that love it not something that should be scheduled into time it should just happen when it happens and time should not disturb them.

| Posted on 2010-02-06 | by a guest


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The sun rising is starts with “Busy old fool, unruly sun,” He is cross because the sun has woken him and his lover. “saucy pedantic wretch, go chide late school boys,” He tells the sun to go away and chase the late school boys, he also carries on to tell it to “Go tell the court-huntsmen that the king will ride, Call country aunts harvest offices:” The reader can get the sense that love it not something that should be scheduled into time it should just happen when it happens and time should not disturb them.

| Posted on 2010-02-06 | by a guest


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Upon reading the last line, I somehow wondered if it was donne.

| Posted on 2010-01-31 | by a guest


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the american guy torlled you hard. overall i think you people need to get out more, get a girlfriend and a social life. theres more to life than analysing dead mens poetry.

| Posted on 2010-01-15 | by a guest


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Donne's poem symbolises those who interfere in peoples relationship.

| Posted on 2009-12-21 | by a guest


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We start this poem off with the sun awakening the author while he is in bed with his lover. As the author bids the sun to go chase late school boys and to let the king know its time to hunt or tell the ants its time to work we get the sense that this poem is about how love is not something that is on a time schedule to be dictated to. By the end the suns warmth that is being refered to is a metaphore for the warmth of the lovers bed. A very endearing poem that almost suggests that the lone sun's light pales in comparison to the combined flame of two lovers in bed.Hence the line "Thou, sun, art half as happy as we" This is a wonderful metaphoric poem!-C.Haskins

| Posted on 2009-11-05 | by a guest


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We start this poem off with the sun awakening the author while he is in bed with his lover. As the author bids the sun to go chase late school boys and to let the king know its time to hunt or tell the ants its time to work we get the sense that this poem is about how love is not something that is on a time schedule to be dictated to. By the end the suns warmth that is being refered to is a metaphore for the warmth of the lovers bed. A very endearing poem that almost suggests that the lone sun's light pales in comparison to the combined flame of two lovers in bed.Hence the line "Thou, sun, art half as happy as we" This is a wonderful metaphoric poem!-C.Haskins

| Posted on 2009-11-05 | by a guest


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This poem writen by John Donne, is very beautiful and is written well. It is about a man who is complaining about the sun waking him up. He chides the sun to chase late school boys etc. He then tells the sun that he is more superior than the sun becuase he can eclipse the sun but he would not do that because he cant bear losing sight of his lover. He compares his lover to the spices of India and the Mines (gold). He tells the sun that all the spices of India and all the Mines are sleeping next to him. He goes on to talk abit about domination. He then concludes by tell the sun that now this is its world, universe (the room). In the end we get the feeling that the lovers like the sun and its warmth.

| Posted on 2009-08-31 | by a guest


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This poem is written from a somewhat parochial and inward perspective- (That of Donne's). The poem features he and his lover as they lie in bed, having been woken and disturbed he suggests that the sun should revolve around the shedule of he and his lover... he asks the sun to go and wake the schoolboys/ workers- he and his lover wished not to be woken and disturbed- wot do u guys think as a quick overview??

| Posted on 2009-08-04 | by a guest


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bloody americans- why does everything ahve to be about u? just accept poetry without calling an invasion and napalm strike on it- lets analyse the poetry rather than slurring at one another, huh?

| Posted on 2009-08-04 | by a guest


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the sun rising is treated in a different way in this poem. The poet uses the sun-rise theme in many of his poems. To call the sun 'busy old fool' is in the metaphysical vein in which emotion is violently juxtaposed with intellectuality.
Dr.Ratan Bhattacharjee, Kolkata

| Posted on 2009-07-08 | by a guest


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It's a joke and quite a good one- S/he's most likely not even American...
loving the knee-jerk america-bashing though... reading more than the first sentence might have been sensible!

| Posted on 2009-06-01 | by a guest


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The American guy is laughing at you that your taking him seriously.

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by a guest


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This is a typical poem of donne characterised by his vividness of experession ,quality of conceits and freshness of approch .

| Posted on 2009-02-19 | by a guest


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I laugh at the American guy who thinks this poem if about his country...

| Posted on 2009-02-10 | by a guest


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The speaker apostrophises the sun-There is already some hint of perversion.Already the sun is looked upon like an intruder.One main idea in the poem is time as an agent of mutability and change : it is belittled and held to ridicule.Likewise the sun is reduced from a macrocosmic dimension to a microcosmic one

| Posted on 2008-10-11 | by a guest


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John Donne was born in England in the 16th Century, America has nothing to do with his poetry you bigot yank.

| Posted on 2008-10-08 | by a guest


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This poem rejoices american culture though the enlightenment of the soul. The reincarnation of abraham lincoln brought happiness to the dwarf minority of sweden. I conclude that john donne's poems contradict the theories of existentialism.

| Posted on 2008-07-01 | by a guest




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