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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We are spiritual being, and the bodies are the spheres within which we move. The united soul is perfect, unchanging and also with new energy.

To His Mistress going to Bed. Thus in his usual characteristic manner Donne has used religious and philosophical belief to illustrate the physical and the material. The persona asks why our religious institutions have imposed blind thoughts diving the body and soul. 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, jon indoor, the human and the non-human.

A Short Analysis of John Donne’s ‘The Ecstasy’ | Interesting Literature

Donne agrees with Plato that true love is spiritual. This ecstasy doth unperplex, We said, and tell us what we love; We see by this it was not sex, We see we saw not what did move. About interestingliterature A blog dedicated to rooting out the interesting stuff about classic books and authors.

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.

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Auden Poems Everyone Should Read. But O alas, so long, so far, Our bodies why do we forbear? 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.


As the result of this, they realised that love is donen sex experience — they saw what they did not see before, i. They get a kind of sensation within their hearts and blood, resulting in perspiration and blushing. The reference to pillow, bed and pregnancy suggest sexuality, though the poet says that their love is ‘asexual’.

They are like the metal which, when mixed with gold, makes it work all the more better. 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.

Donne begins by describing where he and his sweetheart are: It is the body which brings the lovers together. Body is the medium to experience love. Our hands were firmly cemented With a fast balm, which thence did spring; Our eye-beams twisted, and did thread Our eyes upon one double string.

The bodies are not impure matter, but an alloy. The poem is also a criticism of the conventional idea of love that supports the separation of the bodies, and hence the souls.

Body is the medium of contact of the two souls. They become ecstatic because their souls have escaped from their bodies to rise to a state of bliss. This is largely done through imagery and conceit in which widely opposite concepts are brought together.

The Ecstasy by John Donne: Summary and Critical Analysis

But alas, they had so long and so far ignored their bodies. This new, re-animated soul, made up extazie their two separate souls, made them know that we are made and compounded of substances which grow and improve, which make us what we are not affected by change. In the poem, the souls of the poet and his beloved stand out their respective bodies and hold converse.

It expounds the theme that pure, spiritual or real love can exist only in the bond of souls established by the bodies. Love begins in sensuous apprehension, and spiritual love follows the sensuous.


Donne compares bodies to planets and souls to the angels that body and souls are inseparable but they are independent. If some lover, such as they are, has heard this discourse, let him still observe them, and he will notice no change when they go back to their bodies. According to the medieval mystical conception, ‘ecstasy’ means a trance-like state in which the soul leaves the body, comes out, and holds communion with the Divine, the Supreme or the Over-soul of the Universe.

Love begins in sensuous apprehension and spiritual love follows tue the sensuous. 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.

Their eyes met and reflected the image of each other.

But unlike Plato, Donne does not ignore the claims of the body. The united soul is perfect, unchanging and also transcends the “defects of loneliness”, or the single soul. The scenery is described in erotic terms: Thus they were one by holding their hands; but their images reflected in their eyes were all the propagation they did.

The Ecstasy by John Donne: Summary and Critical Analysis

In this respect, he comes close to the Renaissance and Modern point of view. Donne then says that hearing their souls speak to each other has made plain the nature of their feelings for each dohne It is a union of the souls. In this union the two souls find strength like a violet when it is transplanted.

Donne tries to convey the readers that the foundation of spiritual love is the physical attachment; the eyes serve as a gateway to the soul. This is largely done through imagery and conceit in which widely opposite concept are brought together and the shift from the one to the other, is both swift and natural.

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