The Relic by John Donne: Here again we have John Donne exploring the idea that love is a mystery. Unknown.
It’s something really special and difficult to express. We have the idea of him playing with the relic, which is a Catholic holdback.
The Relic by John Donne
You know something that’s idolatrous something that in his culture should be rejected.
And, and him playing with that fun that’s always satirical in him and trying to link that this mystery that is love also this idea of death imagining his death.
His lover’s death when my grave is broke up again some second-guessed entertain.
So when I am on buried so someone else can use my grave for grace have learned that women had to be two more than one a bed like virginity is you know he’s he’s comparing the graves to virginity you, you break in multiple times into this place.
That’s really strange. But guess titillating little joke there.
So just like women, just like women’s beds are continually returned to so to our graves.
And he that digs it spies a bracelet, a bright hair about the bone.
So here’s that relic, a bracelet of bright hair about the bone TS Eliot loved this line. He thought it was a magical bracelet, bright hair about the bug.
That’s what an image that is very visual, will he not let us alone and think that they’re a loving couple lives who thought that this device might be some way to make their souls and the last busy day meet at this grave and make a little stay.
So this hair is a way for lovers to be united. And it was used in such a way if this fall in a time or land where Miss devotion death command.
Here the cheekiness is. So Miss devotion means that they will worship objects and idolatrous ways which they don’t do in Dunn’s time now.
But he thinks of a future moment where they might worship these objects.
Then he that digs us up will bring us to the bishop, and to the king.
Now he’s using Catholic imagery. And they’re going to think they’re going to make us relics. Because this was an image of true love.
To two lovers and two lovers in a grave, I guess two lovers in the grave, yes.
With this bracelet, a bright hair about the bone. They’ll make her Mary Magdalene, which was a follower of Jesus, who was formerly a prostitute.
But then converted and became as holy a follower as any of the other apostles or followers of Jesus, and is something else thereby.
So here again, is a cheeky joke. Is he suggesting Jesus? Would he be with his with he be treated as Jesus? Or? Or should we take him in his word, something else thereby all woman, Sheila Doris, and some men again, another joke that it seems that women worship relics more than men?
since it’s such time, miracles are solid, would have that age by this paper taught, want miracles, we harmless lovers rot. So he’s actually saying this poem would be would actually teach others of their love, of their actual love, first loved well and faithfully. Now here we’re going to switch, a change in tone.
We loved well and faithfully, yet new, not what we loved.
Here’s the mystery, nor why. So love mystery. We just don’t understand what it is. different subsets no more we knew that our guardian angels do. So they didn’t.
They didn’t have sex because they didn’t know the difference in gender here at all. I’m so so this is a spiritual love, that transcends.
He seems to be suggesting, coming and going we perchance we might have kissed but not between those meals.
Our hands never touched the seals, which natured injure by late loss sets free. So we never touched clothing.
We never became naked I guess or have made love these miracles we did.
This was a miracle that our love could be so spiritual and not simply physical I guess that’s what he’s saying.
But now Alas, all measure and all language I should pass.
Should I tell what a miracle she was? All measure an old language I should pass. Should I tell what a miracle she was? She was a mystery. She was a mystery and a miracle. that transcends language.
So it’s a cheeky poem. It’s like a number of the other ones that mentioned relics and death. But it’s also underneath it is this beautiful celebration of love, what love might mean and what it could be.