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The Good-Morrow

John Donne

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Added by: Damian
Perhaps if i start i will encourage others to follow in my foot steps. I believe this poem is about the love of one for another whom does not or at least at first does not return it. when they grow up there is discomfort between the two, or perhaps they worry of the distraction of love and the effects it might have on other things... work, study etc (?)

the final stanza, imo, describes a rather hopeful outlook of the future. i do not believe said meeting of eyes, etc, takes place and yet believe that he is trying to, perhaps, convince the opposite of a life in which shared love makes the world a better place. it is obvious to me that donne is expressing his ideas on love being true only when it is returned. however i also get the feeling that the persona is not about to get those feelings back. it appears to me as though he is pining for a childhood friend who wishes their relationship to be no more than that.

I hope I might have helped someone in some way.
Added by: Sascha (16-australia)
on the contrary, damian, i personally believe the poem "the good-morrow" is about mature love. in the first stanza, Donne writes "i wonder, by my troth, what thou, and i did till we loved?" this indicates to me that his past was not worthy of being for he did not possess this great love. also he says "but suck'd on country pleasured, childishly?" which tells of a sexual past in which he or both of the lovers pleasured themselves, childishly, only to 'grow up' or grow wise enough to feel love and be aware of its presence in life. Donne writes many poems of this sinical side to love such as "the flea" and "the extasie" which are good examples of his ability to become obsessed with pleasures. though i may sound contradictory, Donne also is precise at portraying his feeling toward true love and the true meaning of it, which to me is what "the good morrow" is in fact about. the phrase "if ever any beauty i did see, which i desir'd and got, twas but a dream of thee." to me means a great deal, it shows how his love for this particular individual needs not so much the physical love with her, but is so content with just a dream of her, it is infact in both ways a metaphysical poem, in the type and in itself, for his love is metaphysical.

the second stanza begins with "and now good morrow to our waking soules" implying the morning after his dream of her. though the poem makes it unclear whether the two are in fact physically together or apart, if in fact the two lovers were parted, they would wake from a dream of each other. after this line Donne writes that the he and his lover's souls see each other not in fear, to me it shows how the two embrace each other as equals, neither the superior or inferior soul, but compatable and equally significant to the point that one cannot exist without the other. this remark is followed by "for love, all love of other sights controules, and makes one little room, an every where." these lines to me signify that the love they have all the love in the world, that love is almost their secret and only they can feel its true pure meaning and emotion. when Donne says "and makes one little room, an every where." i feel that he is trying to say the love they shared was universal and everlasting, that it was present everywhere for it was infinite. in the next few lines Donne is telling of how he and his lover possess one world of their own in which no-one can exist in or enter but them, he tells us this through the lines "let sea-discoverers to new worlds have gone, Let maps to others, worlds on worlds have shown, Let us possesse our world, each hath one and is one." Donne is saying let there be sea-discoverers who find new lands, let there be maps to these lands which there are so many of (lacking significance to his world), but let him and his lover have a land of their own, a land each as one, and let the two be the land itself. He is saying that they each have different worlds, but when together they are one world combined.

i regret to say i do not have time to anhalyse the third stanza at this point in time, and therefore i must conclude in agreeing that the third stanza is about the future, his hoping the love will not die, for if it doesnt they will live eternally and if it does they must die, their love must dioes, which is in fact them, so thus as stated they must end. sorry about the repetition.
john donne poem the good morrow
Added by: reham muhammed
here the poet wrote this poem using the title GoodMorrow .really he wanted to say to hie beloved good morning to our souls again .yesterday there were still children .They did not know the real meaning of love. they were still children .they were still weaning . they are also like the seven sleepers on their sleep.

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