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"Lover's Infiniteness" - John donne

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Joo Eun Hyun

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Transcript of "Lover's Infiniteness" - John donne

Who is john donne?
John Donne was a Catholic poet and was born during the strong anti-Catholic period of England. (In 1572, London)
Activity 2
(1) Stick in the poem "Lover's Infiniteness" into the workbooks.
(2) Get in table groups and annotate the poem. Focus on Langauge, Themes and Techniques
(3) Share the annotations as a class.
Homework
"Lover's Infiniteness" - John donne
Presented to you by Joo Eun Hyun
He attended Oxford University at the age of 11 and then later at the University of Cambridge but never received a degree due to Catholicism.
He wrote love poems for most of his life, but when his wife died while giving birth to their 12th child, he stopped writing love poems and moved onto more religious topics.
He was a metaphysical poet and often enjoyed putting meaning into common and abstract things like 'love'. If we look at the 'Lover's Infiniteness' we can observe that it isn't just a whimsical poem sent to his lover, but a poem that contains a deep "heartache".
Activity 1
(1) Glue the paper outlining his life into the workbooks.
(2) Individually highlight facts about him that you think may be important.
(3) In table groups, discuss how you think the life of John Donne affected his poem "Lover's Infiniteness".
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IMILE : COMPARING TWO OBJECTS USING WORDS 'LIKE' OR 'AS'
NOMATOPOEIA : WORDS THAT DESCRIBE A SOUND
LLITERATION : REPETITION OF A CONSONANT SOUND
ERSONIFICATION : GIVING HUMAN QUALITIES TO OBJECTS
ETAPHOR : COMPARING TWO OBJECTS USING 'IS'
DVERBS AND ADJECTIVES
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LOVER'S INFINITENESS - JOHN DONNE
If yet I have not all thy love,
Dear, I shall never have it all,
I cannot breathe one other sigh, to move,
Nor can entreat one other tear to fall.
All my treasure, which should purchase thee,
Sighs, tears, and oaths, and letters I have spent,
Yet no more can be due to me,
Than at the bargain made was meant.
If then they gift of love were partial,
That some to me, some should to other fall,
Dear, I shall never have thee all.

Or if then thou gavest me all,
All was but all, which thou hadst then;
But if in thy heart, since, there be or shall
New love created be, by other men,
Which have their stocks entire, and can in tears,
In sighs , in oaths, and letters outbid me,
This new love may beget new fears,
For, this love was not vowed by thee.
And yet it was, thy gift being general,
The ground, they heart is mine; whatever shall
Grow there, dear, I should have it all.
This is saying that the poet will not be satisfied before he gets all of her love, not just a part of it.
This shows that although the poet wants the love of the woman so badly, he knows he can give no more as he has nothing more to give. This line also implies that he knows deep down that giving more will be fruitless.
This again is an emphasis on how he demands either all her love or nothing.
This is irony. 'Partial' is usually a word with a positive annotation. However here he is saying that he hates the fact that her love is partial. Moreover, usually, love towards a lover isn't supposed to be 'partial' because it will be something like adultery.
This line is saying that even if the lover gives her all, it would just be gone because she already 'gave' it although he would never be satisfied with 'all'. He wants a continuous stream of love.
Here the poet is saying that even if she loves him to her full, he would continuously worry that her love would be taken away by a new lover who can give more than he could, which is why he would be unhappy even if she gives him all her love.
Vowed=Married
He thinks he deserves her love after all he gave her
Two perspectives on the poem
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Positive feeling towards Love
One view point can be that the poet actually really loves the woman and crave her love because he loves her. This would be a positive, but heartbroken, perspective towards love.
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Negative feeling towards Love
One view point can be that the poet actually really loves the woman and crave her love because he loves her. This would be a positive, but heartbroken, perspective towards love.
Write an essay on:

What is john donne's perspective towards love and how does he convey this effectively in the poem?
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