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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Their bodies are ours, though we are distinct from the dinne. 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.

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

For Donne, true love only exists when both bodies and souls are inextricably united. Donne then says that hearing their souls speak to each other has made plain the nature of their feelings for each other: Then the lovers are now able to seek the spiritual pleasure rather than purely physical pleasure. Moreover, the physical union has produced an even stronger spiritual bond that is far more powerful than each individual’s soul.

Souls are spiritual beings. It extasoe a union of the souls. It is a union of the souls. 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. It is the body which brings the lovers together. 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.


Their eyes meet and reflect the images of each other, and their sights are woven together. As the result of this, they realised that love is no sex experience — they saw what they did not see before, i.

The Extasie by John Donne

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: They are ours, though they are not we; we are The intelligences, they the spheres. Interesting Literature is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by linking to Amazon.

To a Renaissance reader, the image of violets symbolizes faithful love and truth. The Ecstasy by John Donne: Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. As such, the single united soul is able to grow with new energy.

To His Mistress going to Bed. So the claim of the body must not be ignored. But alas, they had so long and kohn far ignored their bodies.

Therefore, the lovers turn to their bodies and xetasie to understand the mystery of love. The scenery is described in erotic terms: In this respect, he comes close to the Renaissance and Modern point of view. 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. The fusion of body and soul strengthens spiritual love.


Analysis of The Extasie by John Donne

Donne uses the religious and philosophical term with religious and philosophical connotations to build his own theory of love. It was ecstasy exyasie which their souls ascended; and it made clear to them the mystery of love. As a metaphysical poem this poem brings together or juxtaposes opposites; the poet has jphn reconciled such opposites as eonne 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 pastoral settings were lovers are sitting together, holding each others hand and looking intently into each other’s eyes. The reference to pillow, bed and pregnancy suggest sexuality, though the poet says that their love is ‘asexual’.

But unlike Plato, Donne does not ignore the claims of the body.

When love with one another so Interinanimates two souls, That abler soul, which thence doth flow, Defects of loneliness controls.

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