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Imagery in The Broken Heart John Donnes poem The Broken Heart is full of imagery used to portray his broken heart Donne uses the imagery so we can get a visual picture of what love means to him He uses the imagery because its necessary to see a picture of the pain he lives with Donne uses several aspects of imagery including death to show his grief and Donne also does uses despair to display his pain The image of death was used throughout the poem Love so soon decays meaning that love so quickly dies If you cut a flower and do not put it in water it will quickly wither and die Another image of death would be the plague A plague is a widespread disease that causes thousands of people to die The plague is also synonymous with suffering Donne writes that he has had the plague a year by writing this Donne has been deathly ill for what he thinks is a year Love to Donne is something that you think about for a long time so therefore it seems that you have loved someone for that long but in reality it is only a short period of time According to Donne love is very powerful and causes the widespread destruction to thousands Donne also uses the image of despair and depression In the second stanza he says Ah what a trifle is a heart if once into loves hands it come In these lines Donne gives us the image of a hand of love and a big heart touching it Once the heart touches the hand it begins to shrink because love has devoured it Also by saying this Donne realizes that his heart became little and has no value to him He loved his girl but she didnt return that love so his heart shrunk and now means nothing to him Donne also gives us the image of
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