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"Lovers' Infiniteness"

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Ryan Timmons

on 5 February 2013

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Lovers' Infiniteness
John Donne By Ryan Timmons Explanations Better Understanding... Imagery Metaphor Paradox Summary Lovers' Infiniteness John Donne's Life John is frustrated and tired of fighting so hard for the woman he loves. He believes he has already given all that he can and he eventually won't be able to give any more of his love. He tells her throughout the poem that she will always be his and he just wants her love to grow for him everyday. Donne wants all of her heart and does not want to share with other men. Donne was born in 1572, in London England. He is said to be the founder of metaphysical poetry. Which was given to the poets of the 17th century for their "unnaturalness". He was born Roman Catholic in a time where the Catholics were persecuted. He had a very close relationship with religion, which shows in the center of some of his poetry. He married a girl named Anne More who died in 1617 while giving birth to their twelfth child, and in 1621 he became dean of Saint Paul's Cathedral where he continued to write poems about his fear of his inevitable death until he died in London in 1631 "The ground, thy heart, is mine: whatever shall grow there, dear, I should have it all" (21-22) "Yet I would not have all yet, He that hath all can have no more;" (23-24) Donne uses buying imagery throughout the poem to stress the amount of time, effort, and energy is spent towards your loved one. Donne states "All my treasure, which should purchase thee, Sighs, tears, and oaths, and letters I have spent," (5-6). He is saying in these particular lines that he has done everything and given everything to her already. He is emphasizing the fact of how much you have to go through and spend for your loved one. Calvin Harris- You Used to Hold Me 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 thy gift of love were partial,
That some to me, some should to others 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, thy heart is mine; whatever shall
Grow there, dear, I should have it all. Yet I would not have all yet,
He that hath all can have no more,
And since my love doth every day admit
New growth, thou shouldst have new rewards in store;
Thou canst not every day give me thy heart,
If thou canst give it, then thou never gav'st it;
Love's riddles are, that though thy heart depart,
It stays at home, and thou with losing sav'st it:
But we will have a way more liberal,
Than changing hearts, to join them, so we shall
Be one, and another's all. Ray J- One Wish
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