WHERE, like a pillow on a bed,. A Pregnant banke swel’d up, to rest. The violets reclining head,. Sat we two, one anothers best. Our hands were firmely. The poem The Ecstasy is one of John Donne’s most popular poems, which expresses his unique and unconventional ideas about love. It expounds the theme. Notes towards a commentary on Donne’s ‘The Extasie’ John Donne () didn’t write ordinary love poems. Arguably the first of the.

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If love is to be free, it requires physical as well as spiritual outlets. If we subscribe to the views of medieval and mystical era, Extasic is trance-like state in which the soul leaves the body, comes out, and holds communion with the Divine, the Supreme, or the Over-Mind of the Universe.

The persona asks why our religious institutions have imposed blind thoughts diving the body and soul. Summary and Critical Analysis. Love begins in sensuous apprehension, and spiritual love follows the sensuous. Donne tries to convey the readers that the foundation of spiritual love is the physical attachment; the eyes serve as a gateway to the soul. The poem is extasoe expression of Donne’s philosophy of love. To His Mistress going to Bed.

Analysis of The Extasie by John Donne

Body is the medium of contact of the two souls. Therefore, the lovers turn to their bodies and try to understand the mystery of love. As between two equally matched armies, Fate might hold victory in the balance, so their souls which had escaped from their bodies to rise a state of bliss and quietude, hung between extaske and him.

Thus in his usual characteristic manner Donne has used religious and philosophical belief to illustrate the physical and the material.

The two lovers now understand that true love is the result of their physical attachment provoking spiritual union. So the claim of the body must not be ignored. When the influence of the heavenly bodies works on man, it first permeates the air, so a soul can penetrate another soul, but it is only through the medium of the body that one soul dlnne contact another. This jlhn largely done through imagery and conceit in which widely opposite concepts are brought together. Donne then says that hearing their souls speak to each other has made plain the nature of their feelings for joohn other: The scenery is described in erotic terms: Their bodies are ours, though we are distinct from the bodies.


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It is springtime, and violets are in bloom. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The essence of a metaphysical poem is the bringing together or juxtaposition of opposites, and in this poem the poet, John Donne has brought together and reconciled such opposites as the medieval and the modern, the spiritual and the physical, the metaphysical and the scientific, the religious and the secular, mystical beliefs and rational exposition, the abstract and the concrete, the remote and the familiar, the indoor, the human and the non-human.

Union of bodies is as essential as the union of souls.

So the claims of the body must not be ignored. In this respect, he comes close to the Renaissance and Modern point of view.

In this union the two souls find strength like a violet when it is transplanted. This ecstasy doth unperplex, We said, and tell us what we love; We see by this it was not sex, We see we saw not what did move.

Summary and Critical Analysis The poem The Ecstasy is one of John Donne’s most popular poems, which expresses his unique and unconventional ideas about love. The poem is an unbroken series of narration, argument and even contemplation.

And whilst our souls negotiate there, We like sepulchral statues lay; All day, the same our postures were, And we said nothing, all the day. As our blood labours to beget Spirits, as like souls as it can, Because such fingers need to knit That subtle knot which makes us man. It is the body which brings the lovers together.


The Ecstasy by John Donne: Summary and Critical Analysis

Donne uses the religious and philosophical term with religious and philosophical connotations to build his own theory of love. Its title is apt and suggestive. The Ecstasy by John Donne: It donhe the theme that pure, spiritual or real love can exist only in the bond of souls established by the bodies.

Like Us On Facebook. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! When love joins two souls, they mingle with each other and give birth to a new and finer soul, which removes the defects and supplies whatever is lacking in either single extsie. Finally, they are united into a single soul.

Their souls being joined is all well and good, but to propagate and have children, their bodies need to come together too. The poet begins the extaaie of the event with a typically passionate scene as the backdrop for the lovers to embrace and experience the ‘ecstasy’. They are like the metal which, when mixed with gold, makes it work all the more extasif. He though he knew not which soul spake, Because both meant, both spake the same Might thence a new concoction take And part far purer than he came.

They move with the help of the bodies. We are spiritual being, and the bodies are the spheres within which we move. The bodies are not impure matter, but an alloy.

The Ecstasy by John Donne: Summary and Critical Analysis

It is the body that brings the lovers together. Their lovers hands were firmly clasped from which emitted a fragrant balm. They become ecstatic because their souls have escaped from their bodies to rise to a state extase bliss. It is pastoral settings were lovers are sitting together, holding each others hand and looking intently into each other’s eyes. Donne begins by describing where he and his sweetheart are: