Which line best states the theme of John Donne’s ‘Holy Sonnet’? This is a question which is heavily contested, but in general terms it’s easy to arrive at a consensus. In the original French, the words ‘eternit quo non posset’ means ‘there is no third thing’. This is used as the main heading in the first stanza and also to describe the relationship between the poet and his beloved. The second half of the stanza is often quoted as the reply of the lover to the poet’s reply, but in fact it’s not quite so simple: the poet says that he would love to live without her, while the latter replies that perhaps he should not, since she is so beautiful.
A Guide to Identifying the Meaning of John Donne’s Tender Geese
John Donne’s sonnets are famous throughout Europe, but they are particularly famous in England. They predate his poetic works by over 100 years and are still widely regarded as the very best of all of his work. One of the things that make these sonnets so loved is that they are written with immense emotional power, despite the clarity and simplicity that make them. The theme, in particular, is often extremely relevant and personal, and there is no doubt that this was one reason which gave Donne the freedom to explore so deeply into the character and his emotions.
So which line best states the theme of John Donne’s ‘Holy Sonnet’? There are some obvious candidates, but none are absolutely right on every count. Instead, it is more important to look at each of them on a more individual basis, in order to get a good idea of which poem is most representative of John Donne’s greatest works. Here are four examples, which we believe represents the key theme of each of the sonnets.
In the first octave, the first stanza, we have the lines which start the first two sonnets, which are Donne’s opening words, which conclude the second stanza, and which concludes the third stanza:
In the second octave, we have the lines which start the third line of the third stanza, which conclude the fourth line of the third stanza: and, finally, in the fourth octave we have the final stanza, which opens the Sonnet. All of these lines are clearly representative of the main theme, which runs throughout the entire poem. Each line represents one particular idea or expression, and this idea is expressed both by the words spoken by Donne and by the language which he chooses to use.
The lines which begin the third stanza, which are the longest, and which represent the middle of the poem, are the first lines of the third octave: and, as suggested by the name, they best state the theme of the poem. In fact, they begin and end the same stanza. The stanza which follows, which is the longest, makes an equally important point about human life: although we are often too quick to blame others for our troubles, we must also accept our responsibility for our own acts. The theme of responsibility is illustrated again in the fourth octave when Donne says: And yet our good fortune should not stop or slack, Because our duty is before us always. To which line do you think the first and third lines refer?
The fifth and final line which concludes the third stanza gives us the theme of hope. Hope springs from the conviction that things may be changed even when it seems impossible. At the end of the line, Donne sums up his message for the reader: I hope you find that which you seek. The line that best states the theme of John Donne’s poem is, as it were, his last plea to his readers before his death: I have no regrets, but only hope that you will find happiness. This hope is the theme that is most fully expressed in the eleventh stanza which completes the poem.
As it was already suggested, there are many ways in which to understand the meaning of John Donne’s famous poem, “The Tender Geese”. The way in which it has been interpreted is often related to the way in which the poem was composed, to the way in which its meaning has been preserved through the ages and to the way in which its various interpretations have been given by various artists. One of the most widely accepted interpretations is that which holds that John Donne wrote the Tender Geese after a visit to his countrymen in Ireland where he had worked as a boy. This interpretation connects the line with Ireland’s myth of the Two Loved Ones.