John Donne's Songs and Sonnets by John Donne

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Write a critical note on John Donne's love poetry.

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This is a fine question. Although John Donne's love poetry is often read as if it is mostly secular (in other words, non-religious), a strong case can be made that most of the love poems are fundamentally Christian in orientation. Some of the poems (such as "The Good Morrow" or "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning") seem to teach Christian lessons fairly explicitly.  Others, however, such as "The Flea " or "To His Mistress: Going to Bed," can be seen as teaching Christian lessons through ironic implication.  In other words, some of the love poems seem to celebrate genuinely unselfish, spiritual love of another person by showing such love openly.  Other poems,...

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