The Sun Rising John Donne Analysis

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Section I

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After ǀ the first ǀ powerǀful plain ǀ maniǀfesto

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The black ǀ statementǀ of pisǀtons, withǀout more fuss

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But gliǀding like ǀ a queen, ǁ she leaves ǀ the station.

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Without ǀ bowing ǀ and with ǀ restrained ǀ unconcern,

This stanza has three regular iambs and eleven trochees. Only one dactyl, one amphibrach, one anapest and one spondee can be spotted out. The three pyrrhic meters (in particular the one at the beginning of the third verse) lay emphasis on the verb ‘gliding’, which gives a smooth touch to the recitation and a sense of freedom too.

The first line
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I could eclipse and cloud them with a winke,
But that I would not lose her sight so long:

This stanza appears to be the second one in John Donne’s The Sun Rising. In the first stanza, after having had a wrong impression on the sun, here, the poet continues to blame former for having disturbed his passionate affair with his lover. This particular poem figures among John Donne’s earlier and most acclaimed poems. Hence, this part of the poem gives the readers a brief view of the consequence of hindering lovers’ course.

Coming back to this stanza, the first impression of the readers is that Donne is challenging the power of the Sun, assuming that his love is more powerful than the “beams” of the Sun. It might be a pride for him to prove his love, however, it is a total disrespect towards the Sun, as it has been referred as “reverend”, a status given due to the profound feeling of awe and love.

This is generally given to a clergy, whose respect is undefined in the Roman Catholic Church. Weirdly speaking, even though confronting and bad-mouthing the Sun, the readers get to know that John Donne became a priest. Moreover, his wife, Anne Moore was his poetic inspiration, to whom, he dedicated all his
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