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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Therefore, the lovers turn to their bodies, so that they may understand the mystery of love. 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.

The persona asks why our religious institutions have imposed blind thoughts diving the body and soul. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! We are indebted to our bodies, for they first brought us together and yielded the sense to us.

So spirits must act through bodies. But unlike Plato, Donne doesn’t ignore the claims of the body. Like Us On Facebook. Their lovers hands were firmly clasped from which emitted a fragrant balm. The two lovers now understand that true love is the result of their physical attachment provoking spiritual union.

Dnone Donne, true love only exists when both bodies and souls are inextricably united. Love begins in sensuous apprehension, and spiritual love follows the sensuous. As a metaphysical poem this poem brings together donn juxtaposes opposites; the poet has also reconciled such opposites as the medieval and the modern the spiritual and physical, the scientific or secular and the religious, the abstract and the concrete, the remote and the familiar, the ordinary and the metaphysical.


It is the body which brings the lovers together. Donne then says that hearing their souls speak to each other has made plain the nature of their feelings for each other: Body is the medium to jonn love. The poet begins the narration of the event with a typically passionate scene as the backdrop for the lovers to embrace and experience the ‘ecstasy’. Union of bodies is as essential as the union of souls.

Analysis of The Extasie by John Donne

Thus, Donne goes against the teachings both of Plato and the Christian Divines in his stresses on sensuous and physical basis even of spiritual love. The united soul is perfect, unchanging and also with new energy.

Their eyes meet and reflect the images of each other, and their sights are woven together. They are ours, though they are not we; we are The intelligences, they the spheres. The setting is natural, very calm and quiet.

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. Donne compares bodies to planets and souls to the angels that body and souls are inseparable but they are independent.

It is pastoral settings were lovers are sitting together, holding each others hand and looking intently into each other’s eyes. Donne agrees with Plato that true love is spiritual. But alas, they had so long and so far ignored their bodies.

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It is springtime, and violets are in bloom. In the sixth and seventh stanzas, Donne says that if anyone had been nearby to hear their souls speaking to each other, he would have experienced an exchange of souls so pure and refined that he would have left richer than he was before. 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.

We are spiritual being, and the bodies are the spheres within which we move. They are like the metal which, when mixed with gold, makes it work all the more better.


Two lovers, each the best thr and woman in the eyes of the other, sat near the bank of a river, which was raised high, like a pillow on a bed, as if to provide place for rest to the reclining heads of violets. A single violet transplant, The strength, the colour, and the size, All extsie before was poor and scant Redoubles still, and multiplies. About interestingliterature A blog dedicated to rooting out the interesting stuff about classic books and authors.

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.

The bodies are not impure matter, but an alloy. In the poem, the souls of the poet and his beloved stand out their respective bodies and hold converse. Donne begins by describing where he and his sweetheart are: The scenery is described in erotic terms: The united soul is perfect, unchanging and also transcends the “defects of loneliness”, or the single soul.

He makes an appeal to his readers to nourish their souls through their bodies and reach towards the point of extreme joy, or ‘ecstasy’.

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. This is largely done through imagery and conceit in which widely opposite concepts are brought together. Finally, they are united into a single soul.

This develops and even challenges the Renaissance idea of Neoplatonism, in that Donne returns to the body as the site of union between the two lovers: