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The Good Morrow

The Good Morrow


by John Donne

The Good Morrow Theme of Exploration

When it comes to Planet Earth, "The Good Morrow" is more about this than this. Come on, who wouldn't want a free trip through the jungles and sand dunes of the world with David Attenborough? He's like the grandfather you never had.

But for these lovesick dudes, pillows are the only mountains they're going to see. They are irresistibly drawn together, forming a private world of adventure and fun that never spills outside their bedroom walls or even the twin reflections of their faces in each other's eyes. Who needs to travel when you've got love?

Questions About Exploration

  1. What does "worlds on worlds" mean? Why do you think so? 
  2. Is world-exploration always positive? How is it portrayed in this poem?
  3. Is it significant that these lovers are entire worlds as well as hemispheres? How does that make sense? What parts of the poem give you your ideas?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

Exploring your lover, and getting to know him/her, is morally superior to exploring the world. Take that, NatGeo.

According to "The Good Morrow," a human is incomplete until she has found another "hemisphere" to join her own. We guess that would make her a half-human…

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