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In Loves Alchemy John Donne sets up an analogy between the Platonists who try endlessly to discover spiritual love and the alchemists who in Donnes time tried to extract gold from baser metals This analogy allows Donne to express his beliefs that such spiritual love does not exist and those who are searching for it are only wasting their time Donne cleverly uses language that both allows the reader to see the connections between the alchemists and the Platonists and that allows for a more sexual interpretation of the piece The poem opens with two lines that lay the groundwork for the analogy and that have a sexual implication The word digged and the image of loves mine obviously allow for the comparison between the Platonists and the alchemists Donne explains that some have experienced more love than he has and in having done so have penetrated deeper into loves hidden mystery that is they have reached a point beyond sensual love where they have found its true centric or essential happiness This would be analogous to alchemists who after many attempts have been able to extract gold from other metals Due to the diction that Donne uses and the manner in which he expresses himself in these two lines it is possible to extract their sexual meaning that serves to ridicule the claims and means of the Platonists as well as the alchemists The words digged loves mine can be interpreted as the sexual act And when combined with line 2 we can interpret these two lines as saying that true happiness lies in sexual pleasure It seems as if Donne is implying that the Platonists claims that they are striving to attain spiritual love is all a hoax because all they are truly after is more sexual pleasure Donnes belief of the Platonists and alchemists fraudulence and deceit is further expressed in lines 3-6 along with further sexual implications The explicit sexual get
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