Themes in The Good-morrow

The central theme in The Good-morrow is the nature and completeness of the lovers' world. Donne takes the everyday idea that lovers live in a world of their own with little sense of reality, and turns it right round, so that it is the outside world that is unreal. The intensity of their love is sufficient to create its own reality. When they watch each other, it is not, as in the outside world, out of fear, but to complete themselves, as each one is half of the world needing the other half.

Investigating The Good-morrow
  • Consider the theme of the completeness of the lovers' world
    • How does Donne explore this in the second stanza?
    • Explain ‘each hath one, and is one'.
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