- Dec 2021
To diminish in strength. To become slow and less active.
bitter cold of winter
In some copies the 'north' is written 'frost.'
It can also be interpreted as the sharp compass pointing north.
The eyes are the microcosm of the complete spherical sphere.
The direction of sunset (start of the cold night and time flow)
Natural sign of direction.
chart of the heavens
In addition to sea and land exploration, astronomy was another interest of the intellectual of Donne's Era.
Source: Redpath, The Songs and Sonnets of John Donne (1956)
Can be either interpreted as continents or celestial bodies.
A cave where wild animals live.
Another expression to demean the immature pleasures the speaker and the addressee once enjoyed.
Also, the imagery of cave connects to the Plato's allegory of the cave which is the inspirational basis for line 6 and 7.
It can also be interpreted as a marital oath, implying that the previous night they spent together is not an ordinary one but a wedding night. The plausible addressee of this poem is Donne's wife , Anne More.
To start feeding food other than mother's breast milk.
The speaker is supposing that everything that him and his lover did before they met and loved was infantile and immature.
It seems disrespectful to use a verb such as 'snored', which has lowly imagery, adjacent to a religious allusion. Maybe Donne was purposeful with this uncommon decision in order to diminish the power of religious interpretation and draw the readers' attention more onto the power of love itself.
- Plato's Allegory of the Cave
- Historical Background
- Settings of the Poem
- Word Definition
- Marital poem
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- May 2020
to remove the force or effectiveness of
A "tag" is a snippet of code that allows digital marketing teams to collect data, set cookies or integrate third-party content like social media widgets into a site.
This is a bad re-purposing of the word "tag", which already has specific meanings in computing.
Why do we need a new word for this? Why not just call it a "script" or "code snippet"?
- words to avoid using
- language: misuse of word
- using an alternate dumbed-down/user-friendly name for something
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