The Sun Rising
by John Donne
The Sun Rising Community Quotes
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[…] go chide
Late school-boys and sour prentices,
Go tell court huntsmen that the King will ride,
Call country ants to harvest offices. (5-8)
The speaker wishes the sun would leave him alone and go bother other members of the community. He is condescending toward the outside world—while they are bound by time and seasons, he and his lover are not. His angry tone is also conveyed by the harsh consonant sounds.
Princes do but play us; compared to this
All honor's mimic, all wealth alchemy. (23-24)
In the speaker's view, not only is the rest of society irrelevant, it's also fake. This squares with someone who is infatuated, though. How could anyone think of doing paperwork when they've found true love?