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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Body is the medium to experience love.

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Love begins in sensuous apprehension and spiritual love follows upon the sensuous. The bodies are not impure matter, but an alloy. But they cannot forget the body, which is the vehicle, and container, cover and house of the soul. Summary and Critical Analysis The poem The Ecstasy is one of John Extasid most popular poems, which expresses his unique and unconventional ideas about love.

Therefore, the lovers turn to their bodies, so that extazie may understand the mystery of love. It expounds the theme that pure, spiritual or real love can exist only in the bond of souls established by the bodies. Post was not sent – thhe your email addresses! But unlike Plato, Donne doesn’t ignore the claims of the body.

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The persona asks why our religious institutions have imposed blind thoughts diving the body and soul. He makes an appeal to his readers to nourish their souls through their bodies and reach towards the point of extreme joy, or ‘ecstasy’.

It was ecstasy to which their souls ascended; and it made clear to them the mystery of love. 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. But alas, they had so long and so far ignored their bodies.


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.

It is a union of the souls. Auden Poems Everyone Should Read. When love with one another so Interinanimates two souls, That abler soul, which thence doth flow, Defects of loneliness controls. The lovers’ souls leave their bodies, which become mere lifeless figures.

We are indebted to our bodies, for they first brought us together and yielded the sense to us. Then the lovers are now able to seek the spiritual pleasure rather than purely physical pleasure. Donne agrees with Plato that true love is ddonne. Love begins in sensuous apprehension, and spiritual love follows the sensuous.

The fusion of body and soul strengthens spiritual love. So the claims of the body must not be ignored. 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. The scenery is described in erotic terms: 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.

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. They move with the help of the bodies.


The reference to pillow, bed and pregnancy suggest sexuality, though the poet says that their love is ‘asexual’. About interestingliterature A blog dedicated to rooting out the interesting stuff about classic books and authors.

Union of bodies is as essential as the union of souls. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. 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.

When the influence of the heavenly bodies works on man, it first permeates the air, so a soul can penetrate another soul, but it is only through the medium of the body that one soul can contact another. The poet begins the narration of the event with a typically passionate scene as the backdrop for the lovers to embrace and experience the ‘ecstasy’.

As such, the single united soul is able to grow with new energy. So spirits extassie act through bodies. Their bodies are ours, though we are distinct from the bodies.

Exyasie get a kind of sensation within their hearts and blood, resulting in perspiration and blushing. A violet, if it is transplaed, develops in strength, colour and size. Its title is apt and suggestive.