The Good Morrow
by John Donne
The Good Morrow Resources
Here's more than you ever wanted to know about the legend of the Seven Sleepers.
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.
Diggin' the Donne? Celebrate his entire catalog here.
Get a load of Isolde's mournful recitation, set to the movie's cheesiest love clips.
Here's a theatrical presentation.
An… interesting take. Think the moustache is real?
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.
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.
Here is he is again in more… formal attire.
Articles and Interviews
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 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."
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
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.