John Donne Poems

Death, be not proud

Death be not proud, though some have called thee"
The speaker denounces death by saying that it doesn't last. There are also things worse than death. Death is temporary because of heaven.

Hymn to God, My God, in My Sickness

Since I am coming to that holy room,"
The speaker is ill and is about to enter into heaven. Death is irreversible, but the afterlife might be better. Death leads to resurrection.

Batter my heart, three-person'd God

Batter my heart, three person'd God, for you"
The speaker needs to be renewed and cleansed, so God needs to break down the speaker to be built back up. The speaker recognizes that he is sinful and inferior to God.

If poisonous minerals, and if that tree

If poisonous minerals, and if that tree"
Allusions to to Adam and Eve. The speaker is also questioning God because everyone is born with sin, but then he shifts tones to accepting and trusting of God.

A Hymn to God the Father

Wilt thou forgive that sin where I begun"
The speaker recognizes that he is sinful and even when God cleanses him, he still sins. The speaker also says he has plenty of sin left to be cleansed and has led others to sin. Then there's God's promising to cl

Elegy XIX: To his mistress going to bed

Come, madam, come, all rest my powers defy,"
The speaker tries to convince the woman to sleep with him by complimenting and flattering her.

The Flea

Mark but this flea, and make in this,"
The speaker is attempting to convince the woman to sleep with him because he claims their blood already is mingled.

Woman's Constancy

Now thou has loved me one whole day,"
The man is asking the woman what excuses she will make when she leaves him the next morning, but then he realizes he might not care about her the next morning either.

The Indifferent

I can love both fair and brown"
The man is claiming that he can love all woman. Then he is questioning why woman need to faithful when men aren't by arguing that people were not made to be monogamous or faithful.

The Bait

Come live with me, and be my love,"
The speaker is trying to get the woman to come live with him. Then he describes how other men are unable to resist her and get caught in the deceitful women, and is envious of the men that don't get caught up.

The Good Morrow

I wonder, by my troth, what thou and I"
Speaker wonders who they were before love, probably childish. Speaker is getting everything he's every wanted because he finally has the woman. Their loves mix so they can love forever.

The Sun Rising

Busy old fool, unruly Sun"
The speaker is denouncing the Sun because him and the woman want to lay in bed together all day. The Speaker says the woman is better than the son. Then the speaker is appreciative of the sun.

A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning

As virtuous men pass mildly away,"
The speaker is telling the woman not to be upset that he is leaving because their love is metaphysical and thus can withstand the distance.

The Canonization

For Godsake hold your tongue, and let me love,"
The speaker is talking to someone who doesn't understand the metaphysical love he has. Talks a lot about their metaphysical love and how others don't understand it.

The Ecstasy

Where, like a pillow on a bed,"
The speaker talks about their souls mixture through metaphysical love (the Ecstasy) and how their bodies and souls mingle together, but spiritually and then physically.