In poem "The Sunne Rising", how does Donne enact a witty yet, veiled challenge to social hierarchy in his time and exert his rights as an individual?
"The Sunne Rising' has usually been regarded in liberal humanist reading as a poem celebrating the triumph of love over all material wealth and even over time symbolised by the sun. Yet, another dimension of the poem is missing in such an interpretation. Donne, as biographical evidence suggests, was inherently a rebel against authority, particularly of the oppressive shackles of the social order. His refusal to obey the diktats of the social order and his subversion of the social hierarchy is tacitly but pointedly suggested in this poem. This is most evident from the first stanza of the poem. The speaker exhorts the sun to go and chide unwilling late schoolboys and apprentices who are terribly reluctant to join their works. Young children being forced to early morning school symbolize subjugation to authority. So also is...
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