Please summarize John Donne's poem "The Good Morrow" stanza-by-stanza.
STANZA ONE: The poem opens with the male speaker wondering by his “troth” (1) – that is, his good faith – what he and his beloved did before they loved. In other words, he wonders what their lives were like before they met and fell in love. He wonders, in lines 2-3, whether, in their earlier lives, they not fully mature (“not weaned” ) and whether they took pleasure in childish, simple things (3). Or he wonders if they snored, like the famous Biblical seven sleepers, who slept for 187 years (4). He then suddenly says that all these speculations must be true, because he now realizes that all the earlier pleasures he enjoyed, before he fell in love, were merely “fancies” – that is, insubstantial, imaginary fantasies, not real, substantive pleasure (5). He tells his beloved that if, in the past, there was any beauty that he desired and “got,” that beauty was merely a dream – a prophecy, a foreshadowing – of his beloved (6-7). These lines are especially...
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