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Air and Angels John Donnes poem Air and Angels focuses on the medieval beliefs respecting angels Angels are commonly seen as messengers of God or appear as a conventional representation of a human form with wings A popular theory in medieval times assumed angels under certain circumstances did assume bodies of air The underlying theme of this poem is on love John Donnes theory is that love cannot exist in nothing or in things but somewhere in-between The ideal of love expressed throughout the poem takes on a shapeless and physical form but to John Donne love takes on the form of air and angels which is the in-between Throughout the poem it shows love taking on two forms a shapeless and physical form In the first stanza there are illustrations and clear examples showing the two forms of love In the first stanza of the poem the poet remembers a past in which he loved his lady before he knew her face or name her effect upon him is likened to that of angles which so in a voice so in a shapeless flame are worshipped by man John Donne continues his line of reasoning by remarking that the soul a soul being the immortal part of a human being often regarded as immortal or the moral emotional or intellectual nature of a person gives birth to love which has limbs of flesh This means love must also assume a physical form John Donne than proceeds to say That it assume thy body I allow And fix itself in thy lip eye and brow This means that he is asking for love to take the
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