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THE ONSLAUGHT OF LOVE During the eighteenth century many poets explored the concepts of love Many of these poems discussed lost loves or unreturned love John Donne discussed his feelings towards love in his poem The Broken Heart Donne personifies love in this poem by saying how once grasped by love it is impossible to recover from it In the first stanza of The Broken Heart Donne opens by saying that love is not something that is limited by time He is stark mad who ever says That he hath been in love an hour Yet not that love so soon decays l 1-3 Donne is saying that love cannot be turned on and off If one is in love his he cannot be in love one minute and not the next He juxtaposes being in love for a minute to saying that one saw powder burn for a day or having the plague for a year Who will believe meThat I have had the plague a year Who would not laugh at me if I should say I saw a flask of powder burn a day l 5-8 These things are impossible just as being in love for an hour are impossible In the second stanza of the poem Donne begins to why it is impossible for love to last for short period of time He says love envelopes ones whole being Ah what a trifle is a heart If once into loves hands it come l 9-10 The heart is like a toy once in the grasp of love The heart is prey to love Love draws He swallows us and never chaws By him as by the chaind shot whole ranks do die He is the tyrant pike our hearts the fry l 13-16 Like a predator swallowing his prey love swallows the heart whole and relentlessly In the next stanza Donne uses rhetorical question to ask if his
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