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The Good Morrow

The Good Morrow


by John Donne

The Good Morrow Resources


Seven Sleepers

Here's more than you ever wanted to know about the legend of the Seven Sleepers.

Seven Paragraphs

Fordham's medieval sourcebook is a treasure chest of obscure primary texts from long-ago centuries. Here's one version of the Seven Sleepers legend, translated from the Anglo-Norman.

Luminarium Editions

Diggin' the Donne? Celebrate his entire catalog here.


The Good Remix

Get a load of Isolde's mournful recitation, set to the movie's cheesiest love clips.

Fiona Shaw, Plus Music

Here's a theatrical presentation.

Skull and Beret

An… interesting take. Think the moustache is real?


The Good Recording

Hitch your chair closer to the fire and revel in the gramophone-scratchy voice of Richard Burton, a famous Shakespearean actor who's not above a little Donne.

Branagh on Donne

Listen to another, more modern, Shakespearean's reading.



Get a load of this foxy good-looker, as hung in the National Portrait Gallery. With a 'stache like that, it's easy to imagine why so many seventeenth-century ladies wanted to say "good morrow" to his waking soul.

Neck Ruffles

Here is he is again in more… formal attire.

Articles and Interviews

It's Never a Good Morrow for These Folks

Check out this blog post for a more in-depth analysis of how "The Good Morrow" sheds light (haha?) on Isolde's star-crossed love for Tristan in the 2006 movie.

The Good Life

The Poetry Foundation does super-thorough biographies of every poet you've never read. Find Donne's here.


A brief essay on how Plato and his theories of love figure into "The Good Morrow."


Body and Soul

Wrap your head around Donne's philosophy of body and soul, physical and spiritual love, with this landmark study of Donne's work.

Movies and TV

433 = 1633?

Tristan and Isolde is a medieval love story (think fifth century, folks), so of course it makes total sense to have Isolde recite a love poem published in 1633, right? Whatever—as long as everyone's wearing armor or those long peasant-dresses, we can give or take ten centuries. It's cool. Check out the trailer for a taste of this Arthurian rom-com.

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