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Posted by: PJN (
Date: May 03, 2003 12:53PM

Please help me. I need help interrupting John Donne's "Song:Go and catch a Falling Star"

Song:Go 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 devil's foot,
Teach me to hear mermaids singing,
Or to keep off envy's stinging,
And find
What wind
Serves to advance an honest mind.

If thou be'st born to strange sights,
Things invisible to see,
Ride ten thousand days and nights,
Till age snow white hairs on thee,
Thou, when thou return'st, wilt tell me,
All strange wonders that befell thee,
And swear,
No where
Lives a woman true, and fair.

If thou find'st 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,
Yet she
Will be
False, ere I come, to two, or three

Re: poetry analysis
Posted by: Les (
Date: May 03, 2003 03:09PM

For a previous discussion of this poem go here:

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Re: poetry analysis
Posted by: Cindy Vianen (206.61.41.---)
Date: May 06, 2003 01:11PM

Love's secret
Author: William Blake

Re: poetry analysis
Posted by: Marie (
Date: May 06, 2003 02:46PM

I Do not understand T.S. Eliot's Love Poem of J. Alfred Prufrock. Someone mentioned it having something to do with concommitment. Can any one help?

Re: poetry analysis
Posted by: Pam Adams (---)
Date: May 07, 2003 01:41PM

The narrator keeps trying to do something, meet people, say something important, always to be turned down, turned away or laughed at. He's constantly second-guessing himself.


Re: poetry analysis
Posted by: Marian-NYC (
Date: May 07, 2003 02:30PM

John Donne wrote "Teach me to hear mermaids singing" ??? !!!

I had no idea!

Re: poetry analysis
Posted by: Les (
Date: May 07, 2003 03:14PM

Marie, for a discussion of Eliot's poem, go here.

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