Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sunday Poetry - John Donne

I've decided to give in to my John Donne obsession & post some of my favourite Donne poems over the next few weeks - or months, however long it takes!
The Good Morrow is one of the few poems I can recite by heart. We didn't learn poetry by heart when I was at school so although I know bits & pieces, I know very few complete poems. This is one of the poems I remember studying at school & my appreciation of Donne was increased rather than stifled by the experience.
It's such a beautifully calm poem. It's easy to imagine the lovers lazily lying in bed, reluctant to get up & break the spell of their love.

I wonder by my troth, what thou and I
Did, till we loved? were we not wean'd till then?
But suck'd on country pleasures, childishly?
Or snorted we in the Seven Sleepers' den?
'Twas so ; but this, all pleasures fancies be;
If ever any beauty I did see,
Which I desired, and got, 'twas but a dream of thee.

And now good-morrow to our waking souls,
Which watch not one another out of fear;
For love all love of other sights controls,
And makes one little room an everywhere.
Let sea-discoverers to new worlds have gone;
Let maps to other, worlds on worlds have shown;
Let us possess one world ; each hath one, and is one.

My face in thine eye, thine in mine appears,
And true plain hearts do in the faces rest;
Where can we find two better hemispheres
Without sharp north, without declining west?
Whatever dies, was not mix'd equally;
If our two loves be one, or thou and I
Love so alike that none can slacken, none can die.


  1. Donne is my favorite poet and this is my favorite of his poems. Thanks for the post!


  2. It is beautiful, isn't it? There'll be more Donne to come, he's my favourite poet too.

  3. Another Donne fan here too. Thanks for sharing and making my Sunday afternoon :-)

  4. And another Donne enthusiast. This poem is, as you say, is so calm and peaceful, and I love the imagery.

    1. It is a beautifully calm poem, isn't it? Full of contentment.

  5. I hate poetry but I love John Donne.

    1. Well, if you only love one poet, Donne's the one!