"The Good-Morrow" is a story written by John Donne that talks about two lovers finding each other, and realizing that nothing in the world ever has or will matter. I believe that the lover's Donne is speaking about are himself and a lover of the past. However, the poem is not just about two lovers (main characters); the lovers of the poem symbolize the relationship people should have with God. Donne uses the example of two lovers to clarify how if we are truly in love with him, nothing in the world will matter more.
[...] What I believe Donne is trying to say is their relationship is something that is small and intricate in the scope of the whole world but to them, it is everything. At the same time, our relationship with God should be the same way. There should be an awakening, when we realize that God should be everything to us no matter what. Everything in the rest of the world is important, but at the same time, should not matter to us like God. [...]
[...] The two lovers realize there is no place in this world that could be any better than being in the presence of each other. “Where can we find two better hemispheres, Without sharp north, without declining west? Whatever dies was not mixed equally” (lines 17-19) The main characters know there isn't a place in the world that could possibly be better than the one they are in. In line 18, they question the north and the west, and realize that they were right, anywhere else is not going to compare to where they are. [...]
[...] Donne also uses imagery to get his point across with the word weaned. Weaned helps reinforce the idea of how the character was doing things that were absolutely childish. Donne applies this idea in his poem by having the main character question what he was doing with his life before he met his lover. The seven sleepers' den refers to seven young people who escaped from persecution slept for two centuries in a cave. I believe Donne is using this as an example of how long time is and for the two lovers, time seems longer then it really is when you aren't with the person you love. [...]
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