The Sun Rising Compared to Last Night

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Angelica Martinez
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“The Sun Rising” compared to “Last Night”
John Donne’s love poem "The Sun Rising" was written from a male’s point of view in the 17th century and Sharon Olds love poem "Last Night" was written in the 19th century from a female’s point of view. These two love poems have different themes on the topic of love and both are very different in language structure, as "The Sun Rising" is more formal and much more complex to read than "Last Night". Despite these differences in writing style, theme and centuries apart, the poems have great use of vivid imagery and simultaneously both use the tone of unhappiness in the beginning. In the very opening Olds uses the word “Afraid” and Donne starts off with “BUSY old fool, / unruly Sun”. Both authors rotate the tone of unhappiness in the beginning to more content and satisfied towards the end.
When comparing the two love poems, the reader can see how both have great use of imagery. Olds applies a high-pressure imagery throughout the poem, setting up a tension between submissive and aggressive sensations and images. Olds gives us a vivid image of the sexual intercourse as being very hot and animalistic. She describes it as "dragonflies in the sun /100 degrees at noon /the end of their abdomens stuck together". The animalistic and hot kind of imagery, as a reader gave me a mental picture of the sexual activity being wild and just pleasurable without feelings involved just like animals that have intercourse for breeding and not for "love" as human kind. The feeling of sensual desire is described as something “vortex and /twisting out of a chrysalis” which I “eyeshot” was a great choice of words. It describes how vulnerable she was just like a butterfly when comes out its cocoon. It seems as if she was not able to enjoy the sexual…...

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