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John Donne in his poem The Broken Heart uses imagery to reveal his mournfulpasionate attitude toward the nature of love The poem is aout how Donnes heart was broken and therefore aptly titled each stanza is a progressive step in the downfall of his heart He builds intesity not only within his staNZAS BUT ALSO WITH HIS DICTION AND CREATRIVE WORD PICTURES THAT LEND POWER TO HIS IMAGERY Stanza one describes love as having a rapid onset followed by an immenent demise It sets the tone of a lamenting lover who has been crushed by a beloved before Donne uses imagery in comparing love to a plague suggesting that someone cannot have a firey intensity for another personh for very long before it kills the love and jades the person He also compares love to a burning flask of powder which contributes to his idea ahbout the quick nature of love As intensity builds in stanza two he expostulates as to how love overtakes and consumes its possesor Donne uses personification as well as imagery He puts love as an antagonistic swalloinbg shooting eith cannonballs and spearing the lover He sets a clear mental pictuere of a bigger force completely obliterating a smaller being It reveals Dones feeling that love is more overwhelming and pwerful foe than one would thihnk when first caught by loves beauty Betwen the first two stanzas and the second two there is a change from a rather didacic manner toward a personal story In stanza three he now is relaying his own rejected love in line 24 he indirectly conveys that love makes his heart weaken because in just one blow his heart fell to pieces like breaking glass Line 24s glass inagery is expounded throughout the last stanza Domnmes attitude is that once destroyed by love one can never wholly love again in line 25 he states that even though his heart
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