The Good Morrow

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John Donne is a famous metaphysical poet. He is the founder of the metaphysical school of poetry. So he is often called the father of metaphysical poetry. He is a religious poet. He is also a great love poet. Metaphysical poetry is a type of poetry which deals with abstract or philosophical subjects. The most noticeable qualities of this type of poetry are the use of conceit, obscurity of idea, extravagance of expression and abrupt beginning. The poetry is intellectual, analytical, psychological argumentative, dramatic and reflective. It is absorbed in thoughts of death, physical love and religious devotion. Most of the metaphysical poets are often called mystical poets. The poetry of Donne is intellectual in tone.

Literally, “meta” means “beyond” and “physics” means “physical nature”. So “metaphysics” means “beyond physical nature”. In this sense, metaphysical poetry is a type of poetry which deals with abstract or philosophical subjects. The most noticeable qualities of this type of poetry are the use of conceit, obscurity of idea, extravagance of expression and abrupt beginning. The poetry is intellectual, analytical, psychological argumentative, dramatic and reflective. It is absorbed in thoughts of death, physical love and religious devotion. The diction is simple and imagery is elaborate and ingenious. In brief we can say that metaphysics deals with abstract ideas.

In any metaphysical poem the use of conceits is very significant. Infact, conceits make a poem metaphysical. In “The Good Morrow” there are several conceits. The unawareness of the lovers has been compared to the innocence of a sucking baby. Similarly, the unconscious love of the lovers has been compared to a far fetched image, the sleep of the “seven sleepers den”. Again the two lovers have been compared to two hemispheres. It is clear that all these unusual comparisons are made between two dissimilar and far-fetched things. They produce a stunning effect that a metaphysical poem...
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