Air and Angels Poem Analysis
John Donne's poetry is a product of the Shakespearean times the English were under. Both born with a taste of wealth then having it deplete with age seems to be a common trend within the times. 1589 is the presumed year Shakespeare began to write and publish his works. Four years later in 1593, Donne's younger brother died in prison due to a fever after being arrested for providing sanctuary for a Catholic priest. This caused Donne to not only analyze but question his faith. This turn of events caused Donne to begin writing poetry expressing his doubt and shame of being a Catholic as well as his other feelings of love lust and emotions. Coming from a long line of exiled writers John Donne's expressionism and second nature literary technique seems almost genetic. Being Sir Thomas More's fourth generation great nephew, Donne's ideas weren't too far from a Utopia. Unlike Utopia, which caused Sir Thomas More to be executed, Pseudo Martyr , Donne's renunciation of the Catholic Faith gave him quite the platter of brownie points. Stating that the people could still follow the king and obey the pope the king pressured reluctant Donne to become a part of ministry by denying him any post other than inside the church. Air and Angels the poem is a double entendre with a separate meaning each time the poem is read. Having multiple meanings and ideas within his poems, John Donne's words journeys through several minds all at once arriving at confusion and admiration. Reading Donne's works once or twice will not provide understanding because each time a new idea and a greater depth of understanding will dance into the imagination. Donne's Air and Angels poem is no exception to his twisted thoughts and knotted words. The difficulty level within this piece is revolutionary, yet cautious. Serving as a warning on how easily one can become emotionally attached and the difficulty level in reversing such an action, as well as giving examples of how beautiful one person's love can be. From the initial meeting of that persons voice to the comfort it will bring. to the passion in their eyes and the love spewing from their souls. Their body is a temple for the soul inhabited by love. Love is then compared to a warship carrying tones of wares or cargo. So much that the boat needs ballasting or extra stability to stay afloat. The first theme most people assume from reading the title is a spiritual one. Cleansing of the spirit understanding one's faith, Donne often wrote about religion and understanding and how innovative one can be within his own religion. Personifying his faith within an Angel Donne declares his love for his faith. Faith is believing in something that has not been or cannot be seen. Faith is his opening for the poem saying " Twice or thrice I loved thee before I knew thy face or name" the overwhelming force of the unknown speaks to the soul through angels and untamed all consuming love that takes over the mind, body and spirit. So powerful it forces a bow and praises to be lifted.1 Calling his soul the child of love Donne says that he called out to his faith to personify his souls parent, love, in a form he'd recognize, a human.2 Donne knows this human to be his love because of the confidence and control it has when it comes to flattery and insults. Level headed and omnipresent with an intimidating sense of security it is an overwhelming presence. Feelings of inordinate love so prominent and heavy that it can sink a pinnace with love the mere count of the hairs on the head. 3 Therefore Donne's love isn't of nothing because no one cannot love a none thing nor can they love everything everywhere at once. 4This making your love much like an angel's wings and face of air. The angel itself is not pure but the air it wears forgives its flaws and makes it one of purity. Much like the love from above making Donne holy and forgiven of his mistakes.5 The...
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