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Sweetest Love, I do not go Analysis

Author: Poetry of John Donne Type: Poetry Views: 1900

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Sweetest love, I do not go,

For weariness of thee,

Nor in hope the world can show

A fitter love for me;

But since that I

Must die at last, 'tis best

To use myself in jest

Thus by feign'd deaths to die.

Yesternight the sun went hence,

And yet is here today;

He hath no desire nor sense,

Nor half so short a way:

Then fear not me,

But believe that I shall make

Speedier journeys, since I take

More wings and spurs than he.

O how feeble is man's power,

That if good fortune fall,

Cannot add another hour,

Nor a lost hour recall!

But come bad chance,

And we join to'it our strength,

And we teach it art and length,

Itself o'er us to'advance.

When thou sigh'st, thou sigh'st not wind,

But sigh'st my soul away;

When thou weep'st, unkindly kind,

My life's blood doth decay.

It cannot be

That thou lov'st me, as thou say'st,

If in thine my life thou waste,

That art the best of me.

Let not thy divining heart

Forethink me any ill;

Destiny may take thy part,

And may thy fears fulfil;

But think that we

Are but turn'd aside to sleep;

They who one another keep

Alive, ne'er parted be.


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The poem sweetest love i donot goe has been the poem of seperation.

| Posted on 2014-07-20 | by a guest

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This poem by John Donne is very difficult to understand.It is good for FOOLS who wants to waste their time.

| Posted on 2013-05-07 | by a guest

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\"Sweetest Love I do not go\"
What a remarkable literal work of the metaphysical poet \"Donne\"....

| Posted on 2012-12-11 | by a guest

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thanks for the summary but the descrption of the first stanza is quite unsatisfied so i wil prefer a gud description and summary from a gud english master..

| Posted on 2012-08-30 | by a guest

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If you want to make a clear sense of this Poem, you should try to consider the word \'\'BUT\'\'in every stanza.

| Posted on 2012-04-29 | by a guest

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\"Song\" means poem.
John Donne is infamous for his abrupt openings, pregnant pauses in the blank space, and having the poem begin in a vernacular tone and language. He also uses idiosyncratic symbols, effrontery, incongruities, and ostentatious conceits.
\"Song\" commences with a man speaking to his wife. It appears she has just told him to not go on a trip. He tells that he is not leaving her because he is bored with their life (2) and is not looking for a new love (4).In the last line of the first stanza, he gives an analogy that the trip will be like dying. Yet the speaker is like the sun except, he can reason whereas the sun cannot: \"He hath no desire nor sense,\" (11). The sun leaves everyday and then comes back. The speaker is like the sun because he will come back to his wife: \"More wings and spurs, than he,\" (16). In the previous line, Donne makes an allusion to the myth of Apollo; the wings and spurs of Apollo brings the sun home. This comparison the speaker makes of himself to the sun and Apollo is egotistical (common in Donne poetry). The tone is calm or comforting and rational. The rationality is far-fetched and Donne achieves this with Metaphysical conceits.
In the third stanza, the speaker basically says that time flies when you are having a good time. When you are not having a good time, time seems to drag on. If the wife is sad about his leaving, then the time apart will seem longer. If she is happy, it will like his return home will be quick.
In the interval between this third stanza and the fourth, his lover simply heaves a sigh. This is a prime example of the pregnant pauses Donne uses. Although the wife does not literally state something on paper, she is still there and is still speaking.
The ending of the poem is in a customary ballad rhythm setting the stage for a smooth gallant conclusion. He tells her not to think of any bad things that may happen in the future because her predictions may be true. She is only to think of positive things in the future. When she is alone and sad at night, she is to think of her husband beside her; it is like he is in the same bed as she is but turned over.

| Posted on 2012-03-26 | by a guest

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As a little student of english literature, for me to understand the main theme of the song-sweetest love i don\'t go...is very difficult . So you are requested to please write a paraphrase using very simple sentences.
specially i can\'t understand the real meaning of this point, actually what does the poet want to say? \"Sweetest love,i do not go,For weariness of thee,Nor in hope the world can show A fitter love for me;\"
Hamidul Islam Ahmed
RGM College,Lengtisinga
Bongaigaon Assam India

| Posted on 2011-11-06 | by a guest

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thank u for the summary of the poem..!
it has helped me a lot for my examination...
thanks a lot..

| Posted on 2011-08-25 | by a guest

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The poem illustrates the idea that if two people are truly in love nothing can separate them, including death. The speaker tells his beloved to regard their separation as simply being,”turned aside to sleep” (38), still together but dreaming in their own separate worlds. The tone is reassuring as he is trying to convince his beloved that they will not be separated. He tells his love to think of their brief separation as practice for the eternal separation of death. The image of the sun’s setting and rising the next day represents their brief separation, showing they will be back together soon. “O how feeble is man’s power./That if good fortune fall,/ Cannot add another hour,/ Nor a lost hour recall!” (17-20) shows how individuals do not have the power to control time and should not the time they have together for granted. He asks his beloved not to mourn and cry over his departure because they will never really be separated, they will live on in each other’s memories. Their love for each other is true and not superficial.

| Posted on 2011-05-16 | by a guest

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Putting this into the 21st Century.. it could, maybe, possibly, sort of, go like this:
I\'m not leaving you because I\'m tired of you or hope to find someone else on my travels
As one day I will die, see my parting as merely playacting
The sun went down yesterday but is back today without any conscious impulse to do so
Don\'t doubt I will return to you
My return will be swifter because it is intended
Man hasn\'t the power to extend or recall good times
In bad times, together we have the power to control the quality of our absence
Your reactions when I leave (groaning & crying) destroy me
I can\'t believe you can wish to ruin me in this way
Don\'t expect the worst of me - fate may determine your worries
Think rather of our parting as a sleep
Those who keep each other\'s memory alive will never be separated
I assure you think could be utterly wrong.. But it is after all just my interpretation.. Which obviously is subjective =)

| Posted on 2011-04-13 | by a guest

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\"Sweetest love, I do not go,
For weariness of thee,
Nor in hope the world can show
A fitter love for me\"
Basically he is saying
Love, I\'m not leaving you because I\'m tired of you.
I\'m not leaving you to look for someone else.

| Posted on 2011-04-06 | by a guest

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I may be wrong but to me the first two lines specifically says.. \"Sweetest love, I do not go,For weariness of thee...\"
Donne is not saying he is weary of her.. for he says i DO NOT GO . almost every page i vist on the internet talks about how he is weary of his lover in the poem.. no he is not!!! He specifically says he is NOT!! i know i may e redunant but i have to make it clear, that is in my point of view...

| Posted on 2011-02-28 | by a guest

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Thank you very much for all the summaries. It made the poem much easier to understand.
-F. Decker

| Posted on 2011-01-19 | by a guest

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When reading Donne's poems, one of the most important things to do is try to understand the situation that prompts the poem itself. Donne is an amazing dramatic poet, meaning that his poems are less about high-flown rhetoric and more about creating an immediate situation and responding to it. With this in mind, it appears that what prompts this poem is the speaker's impending departure. His lover does not want him to leave, and it seems that she is accusing him of leaving simply because he no longer loves her. Thus, the first four lines, "Sweetest love, I do not go/For weariness of thee/Nor in the hope the world can show/A fitter love for me." The second half of the stanza is an attempt to lighten the mood, by telling her that his leaving is only preparation for their eventual separation - death.
Between the first and the second stanza, it seems that his lover responds by asking him how long it will be until he returns. His answer is that even the sun, who has no sense (to be understood as understanding or human intellect), left the day before and returned. He adds that the sun not only "hath no desire nor sense" but also "not half so short a way." In saying this, the speaker is reassuring his lover that he, a man with intellect, sense, and desire to return will employ "wings and spurs" to hurry home as fast as he can.
Between this stanza and the next, it can be imagined that his lover says something along the lines of "but the time you are gone will seem so long, no matter how much you hurry." The speaker's reply is a recognition of the fact that while good times fly by quickly, and man is powerless to slow time or go back and relive those joyful hours, when something bad happens, our own misery teaches it "art and length" so that it seems even longer than it really is.
In the interval between this third stanza and the fourth, his lover simply heaves a sigh. In medieval belief, it was thought that sighs and tears shortened a person's lifespan. Donne is famous in his poetry for drawing a connection between the two lovers by saying that they two are one single being, and in this poem it is no different. The speaker tells his lover that when she sighs, she is actually sighing his soul away (because the sighing is a shortening of life, and his life is intertwined with hers, and by sighing she is shortening her own life), and that when she cries, it's the same thing - his "life's blood doth decay." Therefore , in the second half of the stanza, he reproaches her for her sorrow by saying that she must not really love him if she is willing to shorten her own life by crying and sighing, and therefore shortening his and taking from him the very best part of himself (which is her).
Finally, between the fourth stanza and the last one, she in turn reproaches him, perhaps saying that she fears he will find another lover and never return to her. Thus, he tells her not to "forethink" him any ill, that is not to predict his unfaithfulness, because by doing so it may come true. Instead, he tells her not to dwell on his absence, but imagine that they are in bed together, but simply sleeping turned away from each other. The last two lines are potentially tricky with this interpretation, however, because the reference to keeping one another alive and thus never being parted seems to return to the previous stanza. The idea of keeping one another alive is a warning for to her resist sighing and crying, because if she doesn't resist, she will waste both his life and hers. However, an alternate reading of the last stanza could be that rather than telling her not to doubt his faithfulness, she should not doubt his safe return, because by imagining his potential death, she may will it to happen. In this case, the last two lines make sense with the rest of the stanza, because by avoiding senseless fears, she does not invite destiny's intervention and potentially keeps him alive.

| Posted on 2010-03-13 | by a guest

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"All of you are idiots. I truly cannot take anything you say seriously with so many spelling and grammatical errors. Seriously guys? Do you have brains?
Seriously people? Wow "
what a dumass who let him post?

| Posted on 2010-03-12 | by a guest

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Donne is a pastor and has to travel a lot and his wife mourns while he is away so donnes poem "Song" states his feelings towards her. in the first stanza Donne states that he loves his wife and they are soul mates, spiritually and physically, however since she mourns his travels, she might as well think of it as if he is dying,since everyone eventually dies at one point or another. In the second stanza donne continues with using a metaphor describing him to the sun, and how the sun is like a circle, it will leave and eventually come back and so will Donne, he will leave and will always come back. later in the stanza he uses and allusion to Hermes the greek god, the one who has the flying shoes. He conveys that his journey will be quick so he can be with his wife again.In the third stanza DOnne talks about how time flys and carpe diem in a sense and that they will not always have forever.In the fourth stanza donne states that her weeping and sighs hurt his feelings, and if his wife truly loves him she will trust him and not think ill and not be sad about his departure but think about his return in happiness. In the final stanza donne says that destiny may take his part and when she cries about him, that maybe her fears will come true and something might happen. Donne comes back in the final lines stating that they are united together as one no matter how far away he is, he will come back together to her.

| Posted on 2010-03-01 | by a guest

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I think that he is leaving her so that she will see how it feels to be without him and i think that he really loves her and is testing her to see that when he leaves will she forget or change.

| Posted on 2010-01-27 | by a guest

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In the first stanza, he tells his lover that he is not leaving because he is tired of her or to find a finer woman. Then he states that he is going to use himself as a jest (or joke/joking/trick), and pretend to die (BUT LITERALLY TAKEN AS COMPARING LEAVING HER, IS AS PAINFUL DYING).
The second stanza is about him returning. He compares and contrasts himself with the sun by saying that like the sun (and how it sets and rises the next morning) he will come back to her. But he contrasts by saying, unlike the sun, he (the author) has a desire and sense to return to her, and will try as fast as he can to come back (and later mentions that he has more wings and spurs, saying that he can be faster).
The third stanza talks about himself with and without his love, and how he is not as strong without her. In unfavorable times he and his lover will join together and advance over the problems ahead.
the fourth stanza talks about when she is sad, his very life decays and rots. Later it says that you cant love me as you say you do, because you waste your life loving someone (so unworthy) as me.
the fifth and last stanza talks about in the end, to not think of him as crazy or mad (sick) because of leaving. He later states that when death will inevitablly come and they will truely die (instead of "missing someone to death"). Then the last 4 lines states AND tells her to think that we, his love and him, that when they fall asleep and die, that they will keep each other in their thoughts, and to keep them alive in their minds, never to be parted, even after death.
A VERY HARD POEM TO UNDERSTAND. My interpretation might not even be correct but it makes sense to me. The man is merely going on a journey, not actually faking his death.. why would he do that when he loves her so much??? He is leaving somewhere and he WILL come back and face the problems ahead, together, as one. He knows of her sadness because of his absense and it kills him.. But he talks about after they reunite, when death truely comes, that they will remain alive in each others minds, NEVER EVER seperated, NOT EVEN BY DEATH!!

| Posted on 2010-01-14 | by a guest

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I believe that he is leaving her so that she may experience a short while without him. In a way this will give her an example of what it will be like when he gone forever in death. Thats just my opinion.

| Posted on 2010-01-03 | by a guest

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I believe that he is leaving her so that she may experience a short while without him. In a way this will give her an example of what it will be like when he gone forever in death. Thats just my opinion.

| Posted on 2010-01-03 | by a guest

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I get it...the first person is an idiot. However, nobody else has even attempted to post an analysis. Try posting useful analysis instead of proving how smart you are by showing how dumb the first person is.
PS...no, I have nothing useful to add. This poem totally mystifies me. Dammit, I hate poetry.

| Posted on 2009-11-01 | by a guest

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All of you are idiots. I truly cannot take anything you say seriously with so many spelling and grammatical errors. Seriously guys? Do you have brains?
Seriously people? Wow...

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

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I'm not positive, but I'm pretty sure that he is saying that he is leaving her so that when he really dies, she will not be so saddened by it. He would rather her experience his "feigned death" now so that when he is "turned aside to sleep", she will not be so devastated. But I might just be an idiot.

| Posted on 2009-06-18 | by a guest

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I'm not positive, but I'm pretty sure that he is saying that he is leaving her so that when he really dies, she will not be so saddened by it. He would rather her experience his "feigned death" now so that when he is "turned aside to sleep", she will not be so devastated. But I might just be an idiot.

| Posted on 2009-06-18 | by a guest

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No, when you figure out how to read properly, you'll see the word "Nor" after what you quoted. This means that he's not leaving because he's weary of her NOR is he leaving because he's trying to look for a better girl.
NOR means that those two are NOT the reasons he's leaving.
Dumb@ss =P

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

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"The personna does not want to leave the women, yet he is weary of her."
Yes, That makes perfect sense when considered within the context of the opening lines
"Sweetest love, I do not go,
For weariness of thee,"

| Posted on 2009-04-07 | by a guest

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thank you about this poem but I want explain evry lines finds in poem....
please anyone can explain it, he\she sends me among e-mail .
we can send

| Posted on 2008-11-14 | by a guest

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How can anyone take anything anyone has said about the poem as in any way intelligent when all of the posts are littered with spelling errors of the most basic words!

| Posted on 2008-11-02 | by a guest

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Summarize what the speaker wants his beloved to do while he is away.
Not to fear but believe that he shall make speedier journeys.

| Posted on 2008-10-31 | by a guest

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i disagree with a point or two made directly above
The speaker is not leaving because 'he is weary of her'. The opening stanza contradicts this interpretation quite readily.
I do not go/ For weariness of thee
Hence he is assuring her that he isnt leaving because he is bored of the women, in fact he expresses the notion that the world cannot possibly offer a 'fitter love' for him.
further more, its incorrect to assume the speaker is addressing his wife as it is never alluded to in the text. (its never actually stated that that the speaker is even addressing a woman, though i believe this assumption is a safer one.)

| Posted on 2008-10-07 | by a guest

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This song is about destiny and fate. Donne must leave his lover even though he does not want to, and attempts to comfort he with this knowledge I do not go / For weariness of thee. Donne believes he and his wife to one and that they cannot survive apart. You get the sense that Donne is not actually leaving but actually dieing which is shown in the last line Alive, ne'er parted be.. This makes this assumption as if this is true then the only way he could leave her like he said he will is if he is dieing

| Posted on 2008-05-13 | by a guest

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The poem was written in 1611 by John dunne for his wife Ann. The rhythmn is graceful, flowing and regualr. Where it avoids this trend, we see sprinkles of sadness in the peom. The tone is gentle and symplistic, a balance can be noted throughout the poem, its sequence and economy are apparent. The language is delicate in dealing with the personna's pain, it is simple and direct.

In stanza 1 there is a gerat sense of death, a seperation from ones beloved. The personna does not want to leave the women, yet he is weary of her.
Stanza 2 speaks of the personna seperation, being cause by a journey that he is going on. he reminds her that like the sun that goes away at night, he will aleways come back again, as the sun does in the morning.
The is a cahnge of tone in stanza 3, to emphasise a sence of forbodding. It hints at some kind of 'bad news' that would cause seperation between man and wife. The personna realises that he cannot control his own destiny.
Stanza 4 deals with the mystery of life, and how we cannot control how it will all end up, or where we will be. In a sense, life is a wheel of fortune, and we have no control over what it decides.
The 5th and final stanza see the personna warnig his wife of the impending events ahead. It is realised that both husband can wife keep each other alive and invigorated, and cannot survive parted.
The movement and tone of the poem are very graceful. Energy is replaced with tender cincern.

| Posted on 2005-09-19 | by Approved Guest

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