The Sun Rising Summary

“The Sun Rising” is a metaphysical love poem, written by the English poet John Donne (1572-1631). This poem was published after his death, in the 1633 collection of Songs and Sonnets. Let’s take a look at The Sun Rising summary.

“The Sun Rising” is a metaphysical poem by John Donne. The theme of this poem is Love. Figures of speech like (conceit, personification, and hyperbole) are used here. ‘ABBACDCDEE’ is the poem’s rhyme scheme. In this poem, the poet expresses his deep love for his beloved and how sublime is the moment of their love.

In the first Stanza, the poet addresses Sun as an old man, foolish and restless. He asks Sun not to disturb him and his lover. They want to enjoy love. There is no rule that they have to make love according to the speed of the sun. That is, there is no such thing as leaving the lover and leaving the bed just because it is morning. He asked Sun to go to the schoolboys, apprentices, hunters, and ants. Let the sun activate and awaken them with rays of light, for they have to rise in the morning. For the poet, there is no limit to love.

In the Second Stanza, the poet says, Sun-rays are not so beautiful. Because if the poet closes his eyelids, all the rays will disappear. But he won’t. Because he doesn’t want to stop looking at his beloved’s face even for a moment. Then he fears that the sun itself will be blinded by looking into the eyes of his beloved. Now the poet tells Sun that this whole world is now lying beside the poet.

In the third Stanza, the poet explains that their love is so flawless and complete that they need nothing else, rather the whole world now exists in the poet’s bedroom. So the old sun doesn’t need to work harder to send rays elsewhere. The sun’s duty is to give rays to the whole world, and the sun can fulfill that duty only by giving rays to the poet’s bedroom.

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