For weariness of thee,
Nor in hope the world can show
A fitter love for me;
But since that I
Must die at last, 'tis best
To use myself in jest
Thus by feign'd deaths to die.
Yesternight the sun went hence,
O how feeble is man's power,
When thou sigh'st, thou sigh'st not wind,
Let not thy divining heart
2) What does the speaker say happens when "bad chance" comes (II. 21-24)?
3) How do the beloved's sighs and tears affect the speaker?
4) How does the speaker suggest that his beloved think of their parting?
5) To what is the sun in stanza 2 compared?
6) Of what is the speaker trying to convince his beloved? How would you outline the speaker's argument?
7) What is the tone of the poem? Is it angry, beseeching, reassuring, uncertain, mocking?
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow,
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee do go,
Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery.
Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell;
And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.
2) Why does the speaker say in lines 5-8 that death is pleasant? What within these lines indicates that death is a source of pleasure?
3) How does the speaker characterize death in lines 9-12?
4) Why does the speaker say that death,shall be no more?
5) What does the speaker mean when he says in lines 3-4: "For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow, / Die not, poor death, nor yet canst thou kill me"? In what way is this meaning reinforced by the last two lines?
6) What does the paradox "Death, thou shalt die" mean? What makes,it paradoxical? In what way does the final paradox serve as the conclusion to the argument of the poem?
As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;
That I may rise, and stand, o'erthrow me, and bend
Your force to break, blow, burn, and make me new.
I, like an usurped town, to another due,
Labour to admit you, but Oh, to no end.
Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend,
But is captived, and proves weak or untrue.
Yet dearly I love you, and would be loved fain,
But am betrothed unto your enemy:
Divorce me, untie or break that knot again,
Take me to you, imprison me, for I,
Except you enthrall me, never shall be free,
Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.
2) To what does the speaker compare himself in line 5? Of what does the speaker complain in lines 6-8? How is reason characterized in lines 7 and 8?
3) How does the speaker describe his condi- tion in lines 9 and 10? What does the speaker ask God to do in lines 11-12? What reason does he give for his request in lines 13-14?
4) In line 2 why does the speaker complain of God's gentleness? Why does the speaker want God to treat him violently?
5) What are the paradoxes in lines 3, 13, and 14? What do they mean? How do they affect you, the reader?
6) Who is the "enemy" to whom the speaker is "betrothed"?
7) What is the tone in this poem? Is it belligerent, argumentative, pleading, arrogant, or contemptuous?
2) Why does Donne say the tolling bell applies to him as well as to others?
3) At the conclusion, why does Donne say that contemplation of the tolling bell brings one close to God?
4) To what do the metaphors "chapter," "book," "language," and "translated" refer?
5) What is meant by "No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent"?
That none doth build a stately habitation
But he that means to dwell therein.
What house more stately hath there been,
Or can be, than is man, to whose creation
All things are in decay?
For man is ev'ry thing,
Man is all symmetry,
Nothing hath got so far
For us the winds do blow,
The stars have us to bed;
Each thing is full of duty;
More servants wait on man
Since then, my God, thou hast
2) How is man described in lines 7-24?
3) In lines 25-42, what does the speaker say is the relation of nature to man?
4) As shown in the next-to-last stanza, how does man behave toward nature?
5) In the final stanza, what are the two requests the speaker makes?
6) To what specific categories do the items mentioned in lines 7-10 belong? In broad general terms, how is man characterized in these lines?
7) To what does the "brave palace" of line 50 refer? In what way does this metaphor recall lines 4 and 5? How does this echoing serve to conclude or "close" the poem?
the shape of wings)
Lord, Who createdst man in wealth and store,
My tender age in sorrow did beginne;
2) In line 11, what does the speaker mean when he says: "My tender age in sorrow did begin"? Why should he have begun in sorrow? How does this line echo lines 1-5?
3) In what way is line 10 a paradox?
4) How are the title and shape of the poem appropriate to its meaning or theme?
The bridal of the earth and sky
The dew shall weep thy fall to-night;
Sweet rose, whose hue angry and brave
Sweet spring, full of sweet days and roses
Only a sweet and virtuous soul,
2) In the last stanza, what happens to the "sweet and virtuous soul"?
3) What do the last lines of each of the four stanzas say? How is the last line in the fourth stanza different from the other three? When combined, what additional meaning do they gain?
4) How is the thought that all of nature dies but the soul lives eternally shown in this poem?
5) If death means a permanent end to existence, in what sense can one say that days, roses, and spring actually die?
6) Mark the rhyme scheme of the poem. What rhyming sound is most often repeated? What rhyming sound replaces this in the last stanza? In what way does the rhyme emphasize the theme or main point of the poem?