John Donne’s poem “The Good Morrow” illustrates passion and wit – two common features of “metaphysical” poetry – in various ways.
“Wit,” for Donne and his contemporaries, meant not simply intellectual or verbal cleverness but also the capacity to think seriously. (“Wit” was often understood as a synonym for “reason.”)
“The Good Morrow” illustrates all these meanings of “wit” while also emphasizing passion, or deeply felt emotion.
Several examples of wit or cleverness occur in the first stanza of the poem. For instance, the speaker may be offering an erotic play on words when he uses the term “country” pleasures (3). He is certainly being clever when he compares the two lovers to the biblical “Seven Sleepers” (4), but he is also, by using this biblical allusion , showing another kind of wit: intelligence and wide...
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