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The Sun Rising

The Sun Rising

by John Donne

The Sun Rising Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. What is the speaker's attitude toward the sun? Is he a fan of the sun? A hater? 
  2. What is the role of the sun and why does the speaker have a problem with that?
  3. What words might Donne associate with the word "love"?
  4. What is the logic behind Donne's image of the world shrinking?
  5. How does the speaker's attitude toward the sun change by the end of the poem?
  6. If you had to write a thesis for this poem, what would it be? In other words, what argument is Donne making?

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