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The Good Morrow

The Good Morrow

by John Donne

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Quote #1

Or snorted we in the Seven Sleepers' den? (4)

There's nothing like being walled up for 187 years to make you BFFs. But regardless of how close these seven youths felt, this allusion is not quite the community our speaker is going for. Forced together through persecution and fear, the Seven Sleepers are an example of how not to live: afraid and asleep.

Quote #2

And now good-morrow to our waking souls,
Which watch not one another out of fear; (8-9)

This allusion to an allusion (whoa) makes it clear that these lovers put the sex in sleep and the fun in den. Instead of cowering in a cave, their souls are awake and happy, so filled with love that this bedroom seems bigger than the whole world.

Quote #3

For love, all love of other sights controls,
And makes one little room an everywhere (10-11)

We the lovers, in order to establish a more perfect union, do not write a constitution but rather stay in bed all day, frolicking in the perfect joy of our mutual adoration. The love that binds them is so powerful that they never want to get out of their Ikea 4-poster. Plus, they find each other so perfectly wonderful that it's like this bedroom contains the entire world. Other places? Who needs 'em?

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