Elegy 19: To His Mistress Going to Bed by John DonneJohn Donne was an English poet, preacher and a major representative of the metaphysical poets of the period. His works are notable for their realistic and sensual style and include sonnets, love poetry, religious poems, Latin translations, epigrams, elegies, songs, satires and sermons. His poetry is noted for its vibrancy of language and inventiveness of metaphor, especially as compared to that of his contemporaries.
Despite his great education and poetic talents, he lived in poverty for several years, relying heavily on wealthy friends. In 1615 he became an Anglican priest and, in 1621, was appointed the Dean of St Pauls Cathedral in London.
Those Responsible: To His Mistress Going To Bed
The elegy was refused a licence for publishing in Donne's posthumous collection, "Poems", in , but was printed in an anthology, "The Harmony of the Muses" in Throughout the poem, Donne's male speaker urges his mistress into bed. Donne's speaker fervently describes undressing and caressing his mistress, and at the end, the speaker reveals that he is fully unclothed and erect.
John Donne’s Erotica
The English writer and Anglican cleric John Donne is considered now to be the preeminent metaphysical poet of his time. He was born in to Roman Catholic parents, when practicing that religion was illegal in England. His work is distinguished by its emotional and Prose Home Harriet Blog. Visit Home Events Exhibitions Library.
Come, Madam, come, all rest my powers defy, Until I labour, I in labour lie. The foe oft-times, having the foe in sight, Is tired with standing, though they never fight. Off with that girdle, like heaven's zone glistering But a far fairer world encompassing. Unpin that spangled breast-plate, which you wear That th'eyes of busy fools may be stopped there: Unlace yourself, for that harmonious chime Tells me from you that now 'tis your bed time. Off with that happy busk, whom I envy That still can be, and still can stand so nigh.
"Elegy XIX: To His Mistress Going to Bed", originally spelled "To His Mistris Going to Bed", is a poem written by the metaphysical poet John Donne. The elegy.
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To His Mistress Going to Bed (Elegy 19) Summary
She nodded knowingly. Donne, she said, was the most erotic poet in English literature. I nodded back, leering unconvincingly. I had no idea what she was talking about. Ask not for whom the earth moves. Donne was, in fact, a rake and a bawd before he became a preacher and, in the fullness of time, the dean of St. He wrote poetry throughout this checkered, picaresque career.
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. John Donne is certainly one of the poets who would never go by the conventional norms. His poems attempt to define love in its true and most beautiful form. Some call it anti-courtly but Donne artistically shows the interdependence of body and spirit in his poems. For him love is not merely spiritual but it also includes physical passion. This notion of love was new to the conventional ideas of that period.