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Air And Angels

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Twice or thrice had I loved thee,
Before I knew thy face or name;
So in a voice, so in a shapeless flame,
Angels affect us oft, and worshipped be;
Still when, to where thou wert, I came,
Some lovely glorious nothing I did see.
But since my soul, whose child love is,
Takes limbs of flesh, and else could nothing do,
More subtle than the parent is,
Love must not be, but take a body too;
And therefore what thou wert, and who,
I bid love ask, and now
That it assume thy body I allow,
And fix itself to thy lip, eye, and brow.

Whilst thus to ballast love I thought,
And so more steadily to have gone,
With wares which would sink admiration,
I saw I had love's pinnace overfraught
Every thy hair for love to work upon
Is much too much, some fitter must be sought;
For, nor in nothing, nor in things
Extreme and scatt'ring bright, can love inhere.
Then as an angel, face and wings
Of air, not pure as it, yet pure doth wear,
So thy love may be my love's sphere.
Just such disparity
As is 'twixt air and angel's purity,
'Twixt women's love and men's will ever be.
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COMMENTS
Ovi Odiete 17 July 2015
Immensely written. Beautiful
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Xelam Kan™ 03 June 2014
Everybody knows Donn writes best.... but how he did it...how he tailored his conciets? plz explore his 'ART' (prosody) and then comment. simply adjectives is no appreciation.
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Shahzia Batool 03 June 2014
thanks pH for sharing a brilliant blend of passion and intellect again for the readers/students...
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Shahzia Batool 03 June 2013
Sublimity of love is blended with purity... Donne knows what to say and how... the reference to ballast love is brilliant! ! !
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Oludipe Oyin Samuel 04 June 2012
The truth in Donne's poetry- subtle and sublime
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Judith Missewace 03 June 2012
wow thats a nice beautiful poem....sounds good...
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Kevin Straw 03 June 2010
When he meets his love she is the “lovely glorious nothing” that he had worshipped before he met her. But he wants this “nothing” to have flesh, for he feels safer in love when fleshly love “ballasts” that of the soul’s. He then finds that the fleshly attractions of love threaten to destroy his original vision of love, and asks that his lover control his requirement for fleshly love - for women are always of a more heavenly substance than men.
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Ramesh T A 03 June 2010
Intellectually and poetically a beautiful poem about pure love is very interesting and thought provoking with full of meaning to read and cherish!
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Joseph Poewhit 03 June 2009
Those words read like, a floating cloud in nature.
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Kevin Straw 03 June 2009
How appropriate the name Claire Halo is to find this poem beautiful.
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