Homework Help

Please explain the poem "Break of Day" by John Donne for me.Because I didn't find...

user profile pic

dlooo3ahady | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 29, 2009 at 1:10 AM via web

dislike 1 like

Please explain the poem "Break of Day" by John Donne for me.

Because I didn't find enough information about it and I have a project which is that I should explain the poem for the students and I want to do a power point also I searched a lot to find a good information, but I find only five papers and I want someone who could help me :) thanks

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted April 29, 2009 at 5:10 AM (Answer #1)

dislike 1 like

The narrator in this poem is a woman, speaking as day breaks, and her lover is getting up to go.  She is asking who cares if it's daylight. Since it wasn't the night that made them lie down together, why should they have to part now that it is day? She then goes on to say that if light could speak, it would testify that her partner holds her "love and honor," and she wouldn't let him (or them) get away if she had a choice.  In the third stanza, she asks whether business must force him to leave, and goes on to complain that a busy man who want to make love is as bad as married man who is cheating on his wife because being busy interferes with love. 

For a Power Point presentation, it might be nice to have some background images of the sun and the moon, or some other representations of darkness and light.  Many are freely available for educational use on Google images. 

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes