Donne's love poetry expresses a wide variety of changing views and attitudes towards love through his poetry donne portrays love at times as physical, at other times as spiritual, and sometimes as a combination of both often times when donne is speaking about physical love he describes it in. Platonic by ella wheeler wilcox i knew it the first of the summer i knew it the same at the end that you and your love were plighted but couldnt you be my friend couldnt we sit in. Is a marvellous love poem which runs easily and harmoniously and bears the marks of donne's strength and passion minus his obscurity and bad taste it is a masterpiece of metaphysical poetry.
Naturally, donne used his religious poetry to idealize the christian love for god, but the neoplatonic conception of love also appears in his love poetry, albeit slightly tweaked for instance, in the bawdy elegy 19. Platonic love in john donne's poetry another important characteristic that we find in the poetry of john donne is platonic love in many of his poems, he considers love as a spiritual entity not a lust. Poet and essayist abraham cowley was born in london, england, in 1618 he displayed early talent as a poet, publishing his first collection of poetry, poetical blossoms (1633), at the age of 15. Donne's genius temperament and learning gave to his love poems power and fascination there is a depth and rang of feeling unknown to the majority of elizabethan poets donne's poetry is startlingly unconventional even when he dallies, half ironically, with the hyperboles of petrarch.
John donne n jc andreasen looking at the span and bulk of donne's poetry from a dis love poems which happen to express platonic love, not platonic poems. John donne's view of love & the petrarchan love john donne's stance in regard to love was very much different from the medieval philosophy of courtly love donne's love poetry expressed a wide variety of changing views and outlooks towards love, love was portrayed at times as physical at other times as spiritual and at instances the combination of both. John donne was a metaphysical poet and wrote about his ideas and themes through extended metaphors in his poem the ecstacy (read the poem here) like many other poets of the renaissance, he too, in the ecstacy talks about a neo-platonic spiritual communion of two people in love. Metaphysical poets, selected poems contents introduction timeline images author(s) donne, john john donne's early life john donne - from catholic to protestant.
- reciprocal love in john donne's holy sonnets holy sonnet xv deals with the question of reciprocal love that runs throughout donne's religious poetry the sonnet is an address of the speaker's mind to the speaker's soul it is a meditation on the trinity and man's relationship to god. Donne's genius temperament and learning give his love poems but we note irony and realism here power and fascination in all his love poems the leading theme is the unique experience of eternity in the act of love. Andrew marvell (1621-1674), a 17 th century poet, presents the idea of love in his poems very beautifully his poems cover both the physical and the spiritual aspects of love his poems cover both the physical and the spiritual aspects of love. A valediction: forbidding mourning is a metaphysical poem by john donne written in 1611 or 1612 for his wife anne before he left on a trip to continental europe , a valediction is a 36-line love poem that was first published in the 1633 collection songs and sonnets , two years after donne's death. As argued by grierson, the justification of natural love as fullness of joy and life is the deepest thought in donne's love poems, far deeper and sincerer than the platonic conceptions of the affinity and identity of souls with which he plays in some of the verses (kermode,39.
Donne's use of sensual language and sexual implications also go against the petrarchan and platonic values the latter held the high but unrealistic moral values of keeping love and sex apart however, donne can be praised for the bold step of introducing sex as means of expressing or rather completing love. Platonic love by joana bluementhal i still remember the evening we first met my heart missed a beat as he began to speak by his charm and radiance i was truely enchanted my heart. Metaphysical poetry- platonic love(2) this complex doctrine of love which embraces sexuality (the mystical union of souls, cf donne's the canonization) but which is directed to an ideal end (discussed in plato's symposium) is particularly evident in donne. The good morrow by john donne is a celebrated piece of poetry which many modern day readers can connect to because of the contemporary references cited in the poem the thematic development of love in good morrow is such that we often fail to believe that it was written in the elizabethan age.
Phaedrus reveal that platonic love in 5th-century athens bc meant love between men, often an older and much younger man, that sexual intercourse might have been included, and that true love is a desire for the transcendent good. Writing extravagant love letters and poems to your friends was common in donne's circle and beyond and shouldn't be taken at face value mrs herbert was a close friend, as was her husband, until her death and donne wrote a number of poems to her that have survived. John donne world literature analysis as do most of donne's love poems, in the tradition of renaissance love poetry the basic idea of platonic love is the idea that, in another world. Instead, donne advocated for a different kind of love he espoused a love that comprised of the body and the soul, which was a dominant intellectual issue in the literary treatment of love in the 1590s more specifically, donne embraced the balance between platonic love and the ovidian love.