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The Sun Rising
The Sun Rising
by John Donne

The Sun Rising Analysis

Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay

Form and Meter

The form of this poem doesn't have a specific name, but it is very formal. The poem is constructed of three ten-line stanzas and each stanza is constructed the same way.Lines 1, 5, and 6 of each st...

Speaker

The speaker of this poem is classic John Donne. That doesn't mean that this is how we would expect John Donne to speak if we saw him walking down the street (that would just be awkward), but this v...

Setting

The setting of the poem is pretty obvious from the beginning—we figure out all too quickly that the speaker is in bed with his lady just as the mean old sun begins to rise and spoil their night.A...

Sound Check

Donne is known for his clever wit. That's not limited to his images or his arguments—it applies to they way he plays with sound, too.Yes, there are three ten-line stanzas in this poem, but really...

What's Up With the Title?

John Donne is a really punny guy. Not only that, he wrote some deeply religious poems. So, at first glance, we're tempted to immediately assume that a poem titled "The Sun Rising" is going to be ab...

Calling Card

Witty Conceits, or Conceited WitWitWe mentioned it in the "Why Should I Care?" section, but John Donne has swag. The more literary term for this is wit—that cleverness, that certainty in your own...

Tough-o-Meter

(7) Tree LineThere's no way around it: John Donne is tough. He lived four hundred years ago and loves to show off by making complicated arguments. His images tend to shift pretty rapidly and he isn...

Trivia

John Donne did jail time for his marriage to Ann More. Maybe he isn't a perfect role model, but the guy knew a thing or two about love. (Source.)Billy Collins wrote a poem about trying to memorize...

Steaminess Rating

PGWe're as shocked as anyone, but John Donne wrote a love poem without veering off into sexual innuendos. Yep, as un-Donne as it is, other than the setting (two lovers waking up in the same bed), t...

Allusions

People References:Line 7 refers to a king riding out on a hunt, giving a shout-out to the reigning King James, who was known as a sportsman.Places References:The "Indias of spice and mine" in line...

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