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The Sun Rising - Poem by John Donne

Busy old fool, unruly Sun,
Why dost thou thus,
Through windows, and through curtains, call on
Must to thy motions lovers' seasons run?
Saucy pedantic wretch, go chide
Late schoolboys, and sour prentices,
Go tell court-huntsmen that the king will ride,
Call country ants to harvest offices,
Love, all alike, no season knows, nor clime,
Nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of

Thy beams, so reverend and strong
Why shouldst thou think?
I could eclipse and cloud them with a wink,
But that I would not lose her sight so long:
If her eyes have not blinded thine,
Look, and tomorrow late, tell me
Whether both the'Indias of spice and mine
Be where thou leftst them, or lie here with me.
Ask for those kings whom thou saw'st yesterday,
And thou shalt hear: 'All here in one bed lay.'

She'is all states, and all princes I,
Nothing else is.
Princes do but play us; compar'd to this,
All honour's mimic, all wealth alchemy.
Thou, sun, art half as happy'as we,
In that the world's contracted thus;
Thine age asks ease, and since thy duties be
To warm the world, that's done in warming us.
Shine here to us, and thou art everywhere;
This bed thy centre is, these walls, thy sphere.

Comments about The Sun Rising by John Donne

  • Gold Star - 38,730 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (9/7/2015 9:49:00 AM)

    A great poem about sun and so much likes. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 18 Points Ian Fraser (12/2/2009 10:59:00 AM)

    The most famous love poem ever written? If not, surely one of the best. The first stanza is a whole glitter of famous phrases. Nothing again ever written has captured the pride, arrogance and wild delight of young love, a very naughty piece of writing, and of course utterly blasphemous; no wonder Donne renounced all his early secular writing when he entered the priesthood and how sensible he was not to destroy it. A must for anyone's top 100. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lara Feltham (6/7/2007 8:36:00 AM)

    its not really a very romantic poem it you look at it carefully though. its more about Donnes conflict with the Sun and how he scolds mother nature for interrupting his affairs, which in this case he would wish to prolong. he does seem to be very smitten with his lover- 'shes all states, and all princes i; nothing else is, ' but as is with Death, Be Not Proud, Donne revels in slandering things in life which we cannot control- death/ the rising of the sun, arguing that he CAN control them if he wishes to, 'i could eclipse and cloud them with a wink, ' initiating some sort of power struggle.
    As this is a conceit, which Donne has been described as 'a master of' there are two contrasting ideas- the idolization of his lover, and his contempt with the Sun. A conceit combines two dissimilar ideas into one single idea- Donne uses his passion for his lover as a means of arguing against the Sun.
    So although there is a romance present within the poems content, i would say the 'unruly sun' dominates. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Sun

  1. 1. The Sun Rising , John Donne
  2. 2. Rest At Night , Emily Dickinson
  3. 3. Ah Sunflower , William Blake
  4. 4. Follow Thy Fair Sun , Thomas Campion
  5. 5. Light Breaks Where No Sun Shines , Dylan Thomas
  6. 6. Summer Sun , Robert Louis Stevenson
  7. 7. O Sun Of Real Peace , Walt Whitman
  8. 8. Sun And Flesh (Credo In Unam) , Arthur Rimbaud
  9. 9. Winter Sunrise , Robert Laurence Binyon
  10. 10. To The Sun , Clark Ashton Smith
  11. 11. Why, When Our Sun Shines Clearest , James Clerk Maxwell
  12. 12. A Gleam Of Sunshine , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  13. 13. Where The Sun Rises And Where It Sets , Czeslaw Milosz
  14. 14. When The Sun's Behind The Hill , Clarence Michael James Stani ..
  15. 15. Two Sunsets , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  16. 16. Thoughts Of The Sunlight , Anna Akhmatova
  17. 17. The Sun—just Touched The Morning , Emily Dickinson
  18. 18. Winter Sun , Molly Fisk
  19. 19. The Sun Travels , Robert Louis Stevenson
  20. 20. Thought For A Sunshiny Morning , Dorothy Parker
  21. 21. The Rising Of The Sun , Czeslaw Milosz
  22. 22. Fern Hill , Dylan Thomas
  23. 23. When I Have Seen The Sun Emerge , Emily Dickinson
  24. 24. Evangeline: A Tale Of Acadie , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  25. 25. Fireflies , Rabindranath Tagore
  26. 26. Description Of Love , Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi
  27. 27. It Was An English Ladye Bright , Sir Walter Scott
  28. 28. The Ballad Of The White Horse , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  29. 29. The Four Seasons : Summer , James Thomson
  30. 30. Mr. Dana, Of The New York Sun , Eugene Field
  31. 31. The Complaint Of Lisa , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  32. 32. The Four Seasons Of The Year. , Anne Bradstreet
  33. 33. Sun Alive In Moonlight Smile , Unwritten Soul
  34. 34. Flare Baby Flare , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  35. 35. Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 1. , William Cowper
  36. 36. The Four Seasons : Spring , James Thomson
  37. 37. Around The Sun , Katharine Lee Bates
  38. 38. A Hidden Life , George MacDonald
  39. 39. The Sun , Loretta Doyle Smalley
  40. 40. My Dreams Are The Sun , Dawn Michelle
  41. 41. Your Sun An Moon , mr. romantic
  42. 42. An Indian Summer Of My Childhood , indira babbellapati
  43. 43. The Loving Shepherdess , Robinson Jeffers
  44. 44. Hymn To Life , James Marcus Schuyler
  45. 45. Aurora Borealis , Edouard Roditi
  46. 46. The Sun Return , ice johnson
  47. 47. The Odyssey , Homer
  48. 48. The Sun Rays (A Lyric) , Peter S. Quinn
  49. 49. As The Sun Rises , Jessica Elizondo
  50. 50. The Sun Has Role , hasmukh amathalal
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