Today, we start reading a poem called “Lovers’ Infiniteness” but first he search a little bit about the author, John Donne.
John Donne was born on 1572 and died on 1631. He was a metaphysical poet, so his main topics were love and religion.
To understand more the poem we look up some words.
Thou: thee: you
Vowed: An earnest promise to perform a specified act or behave in a certain manner, especially a solemn promise to live and act in accordance with the rules of a religious order.
Stocks: undiminished store.
We analysed the first paragraph:
• Speaker: man
• Adressee: woman
• A man is talking to his beloved. He loves her with all his heart and she didn’t
• Tone: heartbroken, depress and dissapointed
• First: all or nothing
We analyses the second paragraph:
• He said, well maybe you gave me all your love but now, new love appear and you didn’t promised to me
• Maybe there are other mens
• But whatever grows in your heart is mine
• He is very possesive
After analysing them we answer some questions.
1. Summarize the stanza with your own words.
2. Find an example of hyperbaton.
3. Find words in connection to business. What is love for the speaker?
4. What’s “all” for the voice?
1. The voice says that if he doesn’t have all her love now, he’s never going to have it.
2. “Sighs, tears, and oaths, and letters I have spent”
3. Purchase, due, bargain. He thinks that he needs to work for love.
4. Her love; that this woman loves him and only him.
1. Summarize stanza 2.
2. “Other men” Explain.
3. “Outbid me” Explain.
4. Explain the last two lines.
5. What methaphor does he use now?
1. He knows that there is more love in her heart and he doesn’t know who is she going to give it to. The voice is afraid the girl won’t give him that love because she never promised it would be for him.
2. The people he considers as his competitors, candidates, threats.
3. That the other men offer more to the girl; give her more than he does.
4. The voice says he is the owner of her heart and that he wants everything that is in it; all her love.
5. He compares love with nature.
divine love– instead of thinking in spiritual terms, the voice and the lady got married
-divine vs. earthly love
Idealistic: an idealistic person dreams with perfection
Is this an idealistic poem?
In my opinion, this poem is idealistic because the main voice dreams with the perfect love, the perfect caring that they, he and his beloved, should have.
Can you see any metaphysical characteristics in the poem?
A metaphysical poet is the writer who writes about religion and love. So, yes, because first he talks about love, earthly love, and then starts talking about marriage, about being one person with your beloved.
WE LEARN A NEW LITERARY TERMS:
• Lyrical “I”: don’t know the gender, it could be he, she or it.
• Addresse: the person who the voice is talking to
• Hyperbaton: playing wih a regular position of words in a sentence to emphasize.
We analyze it everything in a slideshare.