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A Man on His Knees: an Analysis of "To His Mistress Going to Bed" by John Donne

  • Submitted by: ChantelleCroeser
  • on April 1, 2014
  • Category: English
  • Length: 2,026 words

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“Come, Madam, come, all rest my powers defy, /Until I labour, I in labour lie.” The speaker begin his dialogue abruptly, throwing the reader into the scene of a man seducing a woman and sketches the perfect image of a man at the will of a woman. John Donne’s To His Mistress Going to Bed paints the picture of a man trying to convince a woman to take off her clothes and “safely tread/ In this love’s hallow’d temple this soft bed,” leading her to believe his is a quest of love when it is obviously only one of lust. The speaker shows himself as a confident androcentric male wanting to conquer and subdue the lady, referring to her with domineering terms. He tries to stand in the classical role of a seducer with the power, seemingly, in his hands, yet it is clear that this is not the case. This essay aims to analyse John Donne’s To His Mistress Going to Bed and show how it uses a language of lust, attempting to disguise it as love. It will look at the power roles of the speaker and the lady, and will show the speaker’s tactic of persuading the lady, briefly exploring the imagery and metaphors used to accomplish these. Finally, it will conclude that with these arguments the speaker tries to steer the woman into his arms and conquer her – a typical patriarchal act, discovering however that the power of this relationship lies in the hands of the woman and that this unusual power shift was written intentionally to make a statement about gender power roles in society thus clearly giving an underlying feministic subtext.
The speaker of the poem skilfully tries to lead his mistress to believe that he wants to sleep with her because he indeed loves her.   He attempts to lure her into his web by manipulating her emotionally and leading her to believe that capitulating to him could only be beneficial, promising her many beautiful things. His first approach is to lead her to believe that he cannot survive without her. He states that “Until [he] labour[s], [he] in labour lie” thus...

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  • Submitted by: ChantelleCroeser
  • on April 1, 2014
  • Category: English
  • Length: 2,026 words
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