Go and Catch a Falling Star by John DonneGo and Catch a Falling Star
By John Donne
Go and catch a falling star,
Get with child a mandrake root,
Tell me where all past years are,
Or who cleft the devils foot,
Teach me to hear mermaids singing,
Or to keep off envys stinging,
Serves to advance an honest mind.
If thou best born to strange sights,
Things invisible to see,
Ride ten thousand days and nights,
Till age snow white hairs on thee,
Thou, when thou returnst, wilt tell me,
All strange wonders that befell thee,
Lives a woman true, and fair.
If thou findst one, let me know,
Such a pilgrimage were sweet;
Yet do not, I would not go,
Though at next door we might meet;
Though she were true, when you met her,
And last, till you write your letter,
False, ere I come, to two, or three...
Go and Catch a Falling Star by John Donne
A Short Analysis of John Donne’s ‘Song’ (‘Go and catch a falling star’)
In this poem, John Donne openly challenges his readers. He has minutely seen the world but leaves its analysis on his readers and asks them to go anywhere in the world and catch a falling Star. Many people have the ability to achieve impossible targets; Donne challenges them too; he is of the view that even those persons cannot find a loyal woman in this world. One cannot catch a falling star; therefore, he also cannot find a loyal woman in the world. For Donne it is the most difficult task. In love poems, Donne talks about women and their nature but he does not glorify their beauty.
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Let me start with something that could not be more obvious. What I mean is more basic: that a man called John Donne was a living, breathing, changing, reacting being when he dipped his quill into an inkpot and first wrote these lines — lines we can read over three hundred years later. Usage terms Public Domain.
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Theme Analysis of “Go and Catch a Falling Star”:
There are two John Donnes: the brilliant, pleasure-seeking man-about-town who, in his youth, wrote frank love poems to various women along with satires that jeered his fellow men, and the sober, serious Dean of St. O wilt thou therefore rise from me? Love, which in spite of darkness brought us hither, Should in We gathered in a field southwest of town, several hundred hauling coolers and folding chairs along a gravel road dry in August, two ruts of soft dust that soaked into our clothes and rose in plumes behind us. By noon we could discern their massive coils emerging