Discuss John Donne As a Metaphysical Poet- Part II

He is speculative about religion and love in his poetry which is a trait of metaphysical poetry alone. In one of his divine poems he pleads the God to guide him and show him the true church:

"Show me dear Christ, thy spouse, so bright and clear.
What! Is it She, which on the other shore
Goes richly painted? Or which rob'd and tore
Laments and mournes in Germany and here?"

Donne is speculative about true church. He seeks the guidance of God for establishing the true church out of Protestant, Catholic and Church of England. Similarly, the poet is no less speculative, rather, doubtful of true love and sincerity on the part of women:

"Go e, and catche a falling starre,
Get with child a mandrake roote,
...And swear
No where
Lives a woman true, and faire."

Another striking feature of metaphysical poetry is the use of conceit which seems to have well suited the genius of Donne. He excessively uses this feature to enrich his poetry. Though conceits are shocking at times but truly convey the truly accomplish the purpose of the poet in displaying the message of the poet. For example in "The Sunne Rising" the poet calls the two lovers and entire world:

" She ' is all States. And all Princes, I,
Nothing else is."

Likewise, in "Twicknam Garden", the poet wishes to become the stone fountain. The lovers shall come and take his tears, drops of the fountain, in phials as wine of love.

"Or a stone fountaine weeping out my yeare.
Hither with crystal vyals, lovers come,
And take my teares, which are loves wine,".

The poet has used three conceits here: poet as a stone fountain, his tears pouring like fountain water and the water of his tears as wine of love.
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