The premise of John Donne's poem is that two lovers are depicted as the two points of a compass (the sketching instrument), with one lover as the point and the other as the tip of a pen or pencil, circling around each other and both leaning toward each other. This is just another example of a metaphysical fallacy. Donne attempted to justify this picture by saying that love is like a circle because anything that has a beginning must have an end, and anything that has an end must have a beginning.
Metaphysical conceits are ideas that arise from applying concepts from one realm of knowledge to objects in another realm. In this case, the concept of direction is applied to emotions such as love and hate. The mistake lies in assuming that what is true for objects is also true for concepts. For example, something that is true of directions (such as north being at the top of a map) can be generalized to emotions (such as joy being on the positive side of happiness). However, this cannot be done with accuracy; sometimes we feel joy even when things are not going our way and love even when they receive more attention from us than others.
Love is complex and difficult to understand. Even scientists have trouble understanding it. Emotions are slippery subjects that lack clear definitions and boundaries. When we try to apply directions to emotions, we run into problems that stem from these two factors. First, emotions are unique to each person while directions tend to fall in categories such as "positive" and "negative".
Metaphysical poetry creates drama and suspense via the use of metaphors, puns, paradoxes, and meter. Conceit in John Donne's "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" The premise of John Donne's poem is that two lovers are described as two points on a compass. If one lover goes north, he or she is leaving the other south. So too if one walks away from the other, one leaves paradise.
Donne uses this concept to explain why two people cannot be in love with the same person at the same time. He also uses it to explain why we need marriage in order to have children. By comparing love to a compass point, Donne implies that love can never be fully satisfied - which is why there will always be a need for marriage and fertility treatments.
Similarly, William Blake wrote poems where he would describe what life was like for someone who was imprisoned inside their own body. For example, in his 1794 poem "The Little Black Boy," he says that such a person would feel pain when they saw others happy because they knew that someday they would die.
Blake also writes about how this kind of person would want to escape their fate by committing suicide. But even though they may wish themselves dead, they wouldn't be able to do it because they're bound to their fleshly bodies. Thus, they need help from others in order to free themselves from this prison.
John Donne's Metaphysical Love Poetry The love connection and the condition of being in love are what important in metaphysical terms. And, like Donne, Marvell conducts his argument using pictures, images that are so unlike to the customary imagery linked with the issue that they might be referred to as conceits. These images include those of a blackbird on a branch (thought by some to be a representation of the human soul) and a swan (a body without a soul).
In conclusion, metaphysical love is love that exists beyond the physical. It is an emotional attachment that cannot be explained by physical factors such as genetics or chemistry. Rather, it is an interaction between two souls, one of which must be willing to accept this connection.
The word "love" has many different meanings depending on the context in which it is used. This makes analyzing poetry about love difficult because many words can be interpreted as symbols when placed in certain contexts. For example, someone who is physically disabled may use a wheelchair as a form of transportation but this does not make them any less able to love or be loved than someone who uses their feet to walk. The same thing can be said of poetry: something that appears to be about love may actually be about something else entirely. As John Donne himself noted, "No man can say how much of his owne paine anothers pleasure doth cause."
The elderly lover expends energy on responding to him. "Canonization" by John Donne is an example of metaphysical poetry. The speaker in the poem argues that when the poet immortalizes their love, he and his beloved will be canonized, and that future lovers will summon them to give them the power of spiritual love.