Nature and Love in John Donne’s “The Bait” Reading the poem The Bait we can call John Donne the poet metaphysician. His brilliant use of metaphors and word expressions strikes by its masterly use of words. Donne combines original lyrical pathos with complexity and picturesqueness of expressions. He unites high intellectuality with pointed belles-lettres of artistic narration, making nature as the centre of his depiction of love. He describes love as beautiful land with picturesque sceneries: Come live with me, and be my love, And we will some new pleasures prove Of golden sands, and crystal brooks, With silken lines, and silver hooks. When we read the lines from his poem, we get in touch with ingenuousness and frankness of spiritual and human, love and nature.
Donne never betrays the language of love lyrics and never leaves his emotional, even sensual experience. He hurls epithets in text with all his passion, describing love as the place where will the river whispering run Warm’d by thy eyes, more than the sun; And there th’enamour’d fish will stay, Begging themselves they may betray. In our consciences the very comparison of love and fishing can seem to be an offensive blasphemy, however, the words are so harmonically chosen that you feel the necessity of Donnes creative choice. The supremacy of intimate-personal beginning remains untouchable. The poets revelations, directed at the depth of his feelings, shape individuality of his lyrical personality. Metaphors of fishing, actually, form the background and context of his poetic verses dedicated to love. John Donne confirms his reputation of a stylist who masterly uses metaphors to describe his feelings. He doesnt use conscious dark tones and the lines of his poem are refined, elegant, subtle and tender.
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What is the quality of this poetry, created in course of metaphors? Donnes poem has both depth of sufferings, and tenderness of romance. One can claim that his use of fish-like metaphors overweighs the poem by frequency of its repetition, but such affirmation is not correct. The poem amazes by verse forms, tone registers, easiness of word environment. It cannot disappoint the reader by lack of content and banality. Such easiness in description of a semantic match love – nature comes to ones mind when you read the following lines: If thou, to be so seen, be’st loth, By sun or moon, thou dark’nest both, And if myself have leave to see, I need not their light having thee The poet adores beloved woman, he makes her the center of his universe, the object of his eternal adoration and devotedness. The river whispering run warm’d by thy eyes, when thou wilt swim in that live bath, each fish,  will amorously to thee swim, I need not [their] light, having thee, – these are the cliche used by the poet to express the supremacy of his beloved woman. He uses comparisons to fish and nature to express his feelings.
There is he and there is she, there are the relations. This love and lovers are not typical; they are not constructed after model. They are original and peculiar. Tender faceless and featureless image of a perfect woman, skilful cut-and-dried solution by using metaphors are the integral features of Donnes poem. The peculiar type of feeling expressed by John Donne in his poem makes the readers thunderstruck. The central motive of Donnes verse is not a broken heart or unhappy love.
He doesnt want to describe self-closing feeling limited by its own meaning. Donnes use of nature stimulates penetration into a very essence of amazing female character. He shows her uncovered, unveiled and open. The accent on voluminosity of poetic metaphors is an important virtue of Donnes The Bait. Donne focuses attention on relations between man and woman. The basis of those relations lays in the feeling with favorable reception. Love is the aspect of directed expression where devotedness is located in the same raw with tremendous joy, adoration, interweaving and collision of emotional antipodes, even extremes with deep closeness and intimacy. When Donne describes fishes, it seems that he develops and becomes familiar with the new, special language of behavioral love.
THE ONSLAUGHT OF LOVE During the eighteenth century, many poets explored the concepts of love. Many of these poems discussed lost loves, or unreturned love. John Donne discussed his feelings towards love in his poem "The Broken Heart." Donne personifies love in this poem by saying how once grasped by love, it is impossible to recover from it. In the first stanza of "The Broken Heart" Donne opens ...
His love story displays itself in breadth and in width. It shows both the chain of dramatic events and extraneous feature of emotional experiences and sensations. Thee, thou, I, he demonstrate the dissimilarity of mutual perception, and behavior of personality. The theme seems to be transparent but at the same time it is distant and sexy. Within the context of a poem the metaphors are inspired by both love and despair that are peculiar for man in love. Logical chain eternal nature eternal love comes in mind when you read the poem from the very beginning till the end. It doesnt ruin the impression and magic of mysterious description.
On contrary, this magic raises, transforms and changes declaration of love. The accent on love lyrics: three-dimensional description of feeling in a trembling environment, in overfall of real and unreal, definite and mysterious, – the individual feeling embodied in countless numbers of aspects makes The Bait to be one of the most beautiful John Donnes metaphorical poems..