I would like an analysis of John Donne’s ‘Negative Love’.I can obtain a simple meaning from my point of view, but obviously this does not have the…

I would like an analysis of John Donne’s ‘Negative Love’.I can obtain a simple meaning from my point of view, but obviously this does not have the…

I would like an analysis of John Donne’s ‘Negative Love’.I can obtain a simple meaning from my point of view, but obviously this does not have the…

I would like an analysis of John Donne’s ‘Negative Love’.I can obtain a simple meaning from my point of view, but obviously this does not have the…

I think Donne was describing a way of loving that was more spiritual than material. He often compared loving the Ideal (religious/spiritual) to loving a woman. In other words, he’d say that loving a woman can be idealistic as well. Calling his love “more brave” because he doesn’t fully understand it. Something so ideal would be more difficult to comprehend, it would be difficult to describe let alone understand: in fact, this way of loving he describes could only be depicted by saying what it is not (“perfect” as in “ideal”):If that be simply perfectest,Which can by no way be expresse’dBut negatives, my love is so.Then he asks if anyone can describe this indescribable:If any who deciphers best,What we know not – ourselves – can know,Let him teach me that nothing.The “nothing” that he wants someone to teach him is what we don’t know; in this case a way of loving all things as Ideally or as perfectly as one would most likely love perfect things like Heaven, God, or something akin to Plato’s Ideal Forms. I guess that he’s supposing that loving another person in this ideal way would elevate that love “soar higher.”
I would like an analysis of John Donne’s ‘Negative Love’.I can obtain a simple meaning from my point of view, but obviously this does not have the…
I would like an analysis of John Donne’s ‘Negative Love’.I can obtain a simple meaning from my point of view, but obviously this does not have the…
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I would like an analysis of John Donne’s ‘Negative Love’.I can obtain a simple meaning from my point of view, but obviously this does not have the…
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