The Good Morrow


In “The Good Morrow” by John Donne, the speaker talks about his true love. The speaker is unknown. He is describing how his love is and what it is doing to him. The image you get from this is of two lovers staring into one another’s eyes and realizing they have just met the person they want to spend the rest of their life with. There is no apostrophe in this poem because the speaker is talking about this woman who is his true love, but he has found her. The paradox in this was hard to see but I thought it was the part about “two better hemispheres.” There are only two hemispheres so how could one find any better hemispheres, but then again that is his point and the paradox of it. The conceit could be the depiction of the speaker’s love for this woman. He describes it very vividly using metaphors. He says that it “makes one little room an everywhere,” meaning that when it is just the two of them in a room that room becomes the world. “Let sea-discoverers to new worlds,” which means that their love has led him to this new place in which he is happy and all he needs is her.

In this poem Donne starts off with rhetorical questions asking about what he was before he met her and what they were before they felt these things. He asks were they just simple people with childish dreams and pleasures. He then goes to tell of how he could get any girl he wanted, but the only one he wants now is her and those other girls are nothing compared to her. He says they are together not to simply lookout for one another but to love another and be there for one another. He tells of how her love has changed him and changed him for the better. It has made him see and realize things that he never could have before. He talks bout looking into her eyes and seeing him and the love he has for her. He says there could never be anyone more perfect for him than her. If there love became one then it could never weaken, diminish or die. It would last forever even after they die.