WHERE, like a pillow on a bed,. A Pregnant banke swel’d up, to rest. The violets reclining head,. Sat we two, one anothers best. Our hands were firmely. The poem The Ecstasy is one of John Donne’s most popular poems, which expresses his unique and unconventional ideas about love. It expounds the theme. Notes towards a commentary on Donne’s ‘The Extasie’ John Donne () didn’t write ordinary love poems. Arguably the first of the.

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They become ecstatic because their souls have escaped from their bodies to rise to a state of bliss. The reference to pillow, bed and pregnancy suggest sexuality, though the poet says that their love is ‘asexual’. The bodies are not impure matter, but an alloy. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The united soul is perfect, unchanging and also with new energy. The setting is natural, very calm and quiet. To a Renaissance reader, the image of violets symbolizes faithful love and iohn.

The poet begins the narration of the event with a typically passionate scene as the backdrop for the lovers to embrace and experience the ‘ecstasy’. They get a kind of sensation within their hearts and blood, resulting in perspiration and blushing. In the poem, the souls yhe the poet and his beloved stand out their respective bodies and hold converse. But O alas, so long, so far, Our bodies why do we forbear?

Their eyes meet and reflect the images of each other, and their sights are woven together. In this respect, he comes close thd the Renaissance and Modern point of view.

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The Ecstasy by John Donne: Summary and Critical Analysis

And while their souls held converse out of their bodies, they lay still and motionless like lifeless statues, all day they neither moved nor spoke. If love is to be free, it requires physical as well as spiritual outlets. It is a union of the souls.


If some lover, such as they hte, has heard this discourse, let him still observe them, and he will notice no change when they go back to their bodies. It was ecstasy to which their souls ascended; and it made clear to them the mystery of love. It is a union of the souls.

But they cannot forget the body, which is the vehicle, and container, cover and house of the soul. Donne uses the religious and philosophical term nohn religious and philosophical connotations to build his own theory of love.

Our hands were firmly extadie With a fast balm, which thence did spring; Our eye-beams twisted, and did thread Our eyes upon one double string. Donne had a way of speaking about love that was indirectly direct. Two lovers, each the best man and woman in the eyes of the other, sat near the bank of a river, which was raised ths, like a pillow on a bed, as if to provide place for rest to the reclining heads of violets.

Indeed, the image of asexual reproduction of the violent plant is used to compare the lovers’ only ‘propagation’. As such, the single united soul is able to grow with new energy.

Analysis of The Extasie by John Donne

A single violet transplant, The strength, the colour, and the size, All which before was poor and scant Redoubles still, and multiplies. This is largely done through exyasie and conceit in which widely opposite concept are brought together and the shift from the one to the other, is both swift and natural. The persona asks why our religious institutions have imposed blind thoughts diving the body and soul.


As our blood labours to beget Spirits, as like souls as it can, Because such fingers need to knit That subtle knot which makes us man. About interestingliterature A blog dedicated to rooting out the interesting stuff about classic books and authors.

The poem is an expression of Donne’s philosophy of love. Souls contain various things of which we are not fully aware; love mingles two souls and makes them one — each fxtasie them becomes a part and parcel of the other.

Moreover, the physical union has produced an even stronger spiritual bond that is far more powerful than each individual’s soul. This develops and even challenges the Renaissance idea of Neoplatonism, in that Donne returns to the body as the site of union between the two lovers: This new, re-animated soul, made up of their two separate souls, made them know that we are made and compounded of substances which grow and improve, which make us what we are not affected by change.

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Donne refers the violet to tell us that the fusion of the lover’s soul produces a new “abler soul” like the violet, which doubles its vigor when it is grafted together with another. He makes an appeal to his readers to nourish their souls through their bodies johb reach towards the point of extreme joy, or ‘ecstasy’.

Souls are spiritual beings. The poem is also a criticism of the conventional idea of love that supports the separation of the johh, and hence the souls.