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A-Level English literature Mind Map on GOOD MORROW, created by marriyah1123 on 06/12/2016.

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  1. I wonder, by my truth, what thou and I Did, till we loved; were we not weaned till then, But sucked on country pleasures, childishly? Or snorted we in the Seven Sleepers’ den? ‘Twas so; but this, all pleasures fancies be. If ever any beauty I did see, Which I desired, and got, ’twas but a dream of thee.
    1. The poem opens dramatically and rather explosively with a series of short exclamatory questions, the first containing an oath, which the lover addresses to the woman beside him. The broken lines contain the "rhythms of impassioned speech.".
      1. The first four lines convey the speaker's amazed surprise at his new discovery of love and his scorn for his former, unbelievably naive ignorance. To achieve sincerity of feeling, then, Donne abandons the conventional complimentary love-song opening and startles us, rather, with energetic, colloquial, and realistic language.
        1. the poet asks his beloved how they used to spend their lives before they had met each other. With his beloved in arms, the poet realizes how empty his life was before. He considers that phase of their lives to be as meaningless as the ones spent in slumber by the seven sleepers of Ephesus in the den when they were trying to escape the wrath of the tyrant Emperor Decius.
          1. Line four, "Or snorted we in the seven sleepers den?", alludes to the legend of the seven Christian youths of Ephesus who hid in a cave during the persecutions of Decius and slept there for more than two hundred years, awaking, amazed, in the fifth century to find Christianity triumphant.
        2. An aubade, or morning song usually "sung" by a lover to his mistress after a night of love. Donne takes this conventional form and gives it his own unusual treatment
          1. Although at first sight the short poem appears simple and lucid, yet it is "actually the densest and most tightly organized of Donne's major love poems."
            1. “The Good Morrow” is one of his best poems which has been awarded with some magnificent traits of metaphysical poetry by the poet making it a jolting as well as well as an enthralling read. Donne has shed light upon the quintessence and unparalleled beauty of the true love which he and his beloved share by taking help from his metaphysical wit in this poem which speaks volumes about his credibility as a metaphysical poet.
              1. His pre-love days where he was deprived of true beauty has been compared to slumber in “The seven sleeper’s den”. In these conceits two very heterogeneous entities have been violently fused in a single matrix, the unlikeness of which strikes us more than its justness, which is exactly what metaphysical poetry stands for. These conceits which are far-fetched and hyperbolic are also responsible for providing Good Morrow with a certain level of obscurity and novelty of thought which is what the metaphysical poets strived to attain in their poetry.
            2. he uses hyperbole to contrast their states before and after their discovery of love, but the exaggeration is earthy and entirely outside the usual courtly love vocabulary, having here something even of a comic effect. The terms 'wean'd', 'suck'd', 'country pleasures', and 'childishly' all suggest that in this new love they have suddenly come to maturity in their knowledge and experience.
              1. it is worth mentioning that through false pleasures the poet might be indicating towards his various liaisons with other women which were just a reflection of the beauty which his true lover filled him with.
                1. This connection between soul and body established in Good Morrow awards immorality to the love which the poet and his beloved share. Death can only destroy their physical togetherness but their connected souls will counter and surmount the effects of death making it eternal.
                2. And now good morrow to our waking souls, Which watch not one another out of fear; For love, all love of other sights controls, And makes one little room, an everywhere. Let sea discoveries to new worlds have gone, Let maps to others, worlds on worlds have shown, Let us possess our world; each hath one and is one.
                  1. The metaphysical conceits present in ‘The Good Morrow’ in plenty which fuse binaries into singular essences, exemplify this particular trait. Donne has compared the transfiguring effect of love and its macrocosmic spread with the discoveries of Drake, Magellan and Columbus.
                    1. ‘The Good Morrow’ because of its sharp anti-Petrarchan conceits, vibrant yet seemingly odd images and the heterogeneous assimilation of ideas and allusion, is a great piece of Metaphysical poetry where a perfect marriage takes place between the soul and the body, emotionality and intellectuality, the physical and the psychological and the sublime and the scholastic. This poem because of its imagery, conceits and subtle lyrical quality entails the “more intellectual less verbal character” of Donne’s wit.
                      1. The complete love defined in Good Morrow brings about unparalleled bliss in the lives of the lovers. It has the power to provide the lovers with a totality of experience which blinds them to everything around them as they are completely encapsulated in their “little room” which is an “everywhere”. This love can only be achieved when the body and the soul of the lovers have been orchestrated in a single unit. Such love has been awarded the quintessence of the fifth element by Donne. Micro // Macro
                      2. A major trait of metaphysical poetry is to break away from the Petrarchan traditions of poetry making. ‘The Good Morrow’ is very different from the 16th century Elizabethan love poems in the way it treats love and the mistress. The love lyrics of his predecessors speak more of the pursuit of love and the angst caused by it as opposed to the fulfillment of heart’s desires and portrays the beloved as someone angelic and hence unattainable. On the contrary Donne has described his beloved as one made of flesh and blood with whom he has enjoyed satisfying moments of love.
                        1. Good Morrow is a celebrated piece of love poetry because it preached the concept that true love is the state when passion elevates itself to the level of divine experiences. It showed that body and soul are two faces of the same coin and they need to function as a “unified sensibility” as quoted by T.S. Eliot. Indeed it’s wonderful how Eliot concluded the poem The Good Morrow, simply the best among metaphysical poems.
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