"She's all states, and all princes I/ Nothing else is" Explain this quotation  with reference to the context from "The Sun Rising" by John Donne.

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In John Donne' poem "The Sun Rising," the sun is personified.  The poem is a lyric poem with three stanzas.  Each stanza has two quatrains and a couplet. The rhyming scheme is abba, cddc, ee  for each stanza. 

The narrator begins by degrading the sun for interfering with the couple's sleep.  How dare he intrude on our privacy!

Do we have to adjust our love movements to your moves?

Again denigrating the sun, the narrator scolds the sun and tells him to bother school children or the kings huntsmen to get the king up to go hunting.  Wake the farmers to get started on the harvest...Leave us to our love.

Love knows no seasons, time, or climate.  Why do you think that your rays deserve any respect from us? Are you that powerful?

If you were to look into the eyes of my lover, you would think that all of the beautiful spices of India were lying next to me.  Maybe her beauty has blinded you.

If you shone on kings yesterday,  you will find them here next to me. 

She's all states, and all princes I.

Nothing else is.

She is everything to me, and I am hers completely.  Nothing else matters.  Nothing else exists.

If you were one half as happy as we are, then since it is your job to warm the world, do so. Our love warms us. 

But if you must, shine on us as well.  Our bed is the center of the world, and you must rotate around us.

What a love poem!  The narrator believes that their love outshines the sun.  In essence, the poet believes that the last thing on earth that he wants to do is to leave his lover.  

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