Feminine and Masculine Views of Love in John Donne’s Poetry
This paper contrasts John Donne’s poems, `Break of Day` and `To His Mistress Going to Bed`, which portray two very different themes on love and sexuality, one written from a feminine point of view and the other from a masculine point of view. The writer uses these two poems to prove that he was a talented poet, able to express one underlying theme in distinct and separate ways.
`In Donne’s poem, Break of Day, the author sympathizes with the opposite sex by using a woman’s `voice` through the speaker. The reader is not subjected to any flowery images of feminine beauty or repetitive declarations of undying love. This poem reflects the early morning lives of lovers’, and the feelings that this woman has as her partner prepares to leave; an interesting contrast to To His Mistress Going to Bed, which outlines the exact opposite experience of two lovers retiring for the evening. The first is about love and the agony of separation, the second about making love, and the excitement of anticipation.`