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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Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. But unlike Plato, Donne does not ignore the claims of the body. 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 soul.

As such, the dojne united soul is able to grow with new energy. The scenery is described in erotic terms: Thus in his usual characteristic manner Donne has used religious and philosophical belief to illustrate the physical and the material. Donne had a way of speaking about love that was indirectly direct. The persona asks why our religious institutions have imposed blind thoughts diving the body xonne soul.

This is largely done through imagery and conceit in jlhn widely opposite concepts are brought together. As a metaphysical poem this poem brings together or 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.


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. Donne agrees with Plato that true love is spiritual.

Donne agrees with Plato that true love is spiritual. In this union the two souls find strength like a violet when it is transplanted. This is largely done through imagery and conceit in which widely opposite concept are brought together and the shift from the one to johj other, is both swift and natural. 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 can contact another.

Two lovers, each the best man 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.

But O alas, so long, so far, Our bodies why do we forbear?

In this respect, he comes close to the Renaissance and Modern point of view. Like Us On Facebook. Donne uses the religious and philosophical term with religious and philosophical connotations to build his own theory of love. Love begins in sensuous apprehension and spiritual love follows upon the sensuous.

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He makes an appeal to his readers to nourish their souls through their bodies and reach towards the point of extreme joy, or ‘ecstasy’. Then the lovers are now able to seek the spiritual pleasure rather than purely physical pleasure.


The lovers’ souls leave their bodies, which become mere lifeless figures. Therefore, the lovers turn to their bodies, so that they may 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 her and him.

So the claims of the body must not be ignored. Its title is apt and suggestive. When love with one another so Interinanimates two souls, That abler soul, which thence doth flow, Defects of loneliness controls.

The Ecstasy by John Donne: Summary and Critical Analysis

Their eyes meet and reflect the images eonne each other, and their sights are woven together. And while their souls held converse out of their bodies, they lay still and motionless like lifeless statues, all day they neither moved nor spoke. Finally, they are united into a single soul. It is the body which brings the lovers together.

Their bodies are ours, though we are distinct from the bodies. They become ecstatic because their souls have escaped from their bodies to rise to a state of bliss. But unlike Plato, Donne doesn’t ignore the claims of the body.