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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So the claims of the body must not be ignored. To His Mistress going to Bed. In the poem also the souls of the lover and the beloved come out of the body, but they hold converse not with God, but with each other, the purpose being to extasis out the essentially sensuous and physical basis of spiritual love. Their souls being joined is all well and good, but to propagate and have children, their bodies need to come together too.

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We are spiritual being, and the bodies are the spheres within which we move. Union of bodies is essential to make possible the union of souls. It odnne ecstasy to which their souls ascended; and it made clear to them the mystery of love. It is the body that brings the lovers together. The poem is an unbroken series of narration, argument and even contemplation. When love donnf two souls, they mingle with each other and give birth to a new and finer soul, which removes the defects and supplies whatever is lacking in either single soul.

In the poem, the souls of the poet and his beloved stand out their respective bodies and hold converse.

Thus they were one by holding their hands; but their images reflected in their eyes were all the propagation they did. Moreover, the physical union has produced an even stronger spiritual bond that is far more powerful than each individual’s soul. Love begins in sensuous apprehension and spiritual love follows upon the sensuous. It is springtime, and violets are in bloom.


Love ripens in the soul, but it is through the medium of the body that love is to be experienced.

Thus, Donne goes against the teachings both of Plato and the Christian Divines in his stresses on sensuous and physical basis even of spiritual love. Souls contain various things of which we are not fully aware; love mingles two souls and makes them one — each of them becomes a part and parcel of the other. He though he knew not which soul spake, Because both meant, both spake the same Might thence donen new concoction take And part far purer than he came.

Indeed, the image of asexual reproduction of the violent plant is used to compare the lovers’ only ‘propagation’. For Donne, true love only exists when both bodies and souls are inextricably united.

Donne refers the violet to ths 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.

Analysis of The Extasie by John Donne

They are like the metal which, when mixed with gold, makes it work all thf more better. In the sixth and seventh extaasie, Donne says that if anyone had been nearby to hear their souls speaking to each other, he would have experienced an exchange of souls so pure and refined that he would have left richer than he was before.

The Ecstasy by John Donne: In this respect, he comes close to the Renaissance and Modern point of view.

But alas, they had so long and so far ignored their bodies. 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 imagery and conceit in which widely opposite concepts are brought together. When love with one another so Interinanimates two souls, That abler soul, which thence doth flow, Defects of loneliness controls.


The Extasie by John Donne

It is the body which brings the lovers together. Two lovers, each the best man and woman in the eyes of the other, sat near the bank of a river, which was raised high, like a pillow on a bed, as if to provide place for rest to the reclining heads of violets.

But they cannot forget the body, which is the vehicle, and container, cover and house of the soul. But unlike Plato, Donne does not ignore the claims of the body. Love begins in sensuous apprehension, and spiritual love follows the sensuous. Their bodies are ours, though we are distinct from the bodies.

It is a union of the souls. This ecstasy doth unperplex, We said, and tell us what we love; We see by this it was not sex, We see we saw not what did move.

As such, the single united soul is able to grow ghe new energy. Donne then says that hearing their souls speak to each other has made plain the nature of their feelings for each other: The reference to pillow, bed and pregnancy suggest sexuality, though the poet says that their love is ‘asexual’. So spirits must act through bodies. As a metaphysical poem this poem brings together or juxtaposes opposites; the poet has also reconciled such opposites as the medieval and the modern the spiritual and physical, the scientific or secular and the religious, the abstract and the concrete, the remote and the familiar, the ordinary and the metaphysical.

The poem is an expression of Donne’s philosophy doonne love. Therefore, the lovers turn to their bodies, so that they may understand the mystery of love. D K Powell March 14, at 4: Then the lovers extassie now able to seek the spiritual pleasure rather than purely physical pleasure.