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"The Good Morrow" is an exquisite piece of metaphysical poetry. The poem was first published in a collection entitled "Songs and Sonnets." it is about contentment in love.
It is a short lyric of three stanzas,  each consisting of seven lines. The rhyme scheme of the stanzas is abab ccc. In the first four lines of each stanza, the arguments are introduced and in the last three lines which rhyme together, the conclusion is reached.
the good morrow is a dramatic monologue

The poem opens dramatically in the tradition of metaphysical poetry :
I wonder by my troth,  what thou, and I Did, till we lov'd?
Its sudden conversational opening arrests the attention of the readers. Then follow several questions implied to surprise the speaker at the discovery that they had already been in love. In the second stanza, the lover says that they together constitute a single word.  In this stanza, he generalizes that true love prevents a lover from falling in love with any other person. In the Third stanza, the lover argues that their love is the union of the souls, and so, it is immortal.

The theme of love has been developed argumentatively from surprise to confidence and then to immortality. Donne uses several conceits to develop the thought.  The conceits are:

The comparison between the unaware lovers and the breast-fed babies;
The comparison between the unconscious lovers and the "Seven sleepers" who slept for two hundred years;
The comparison between the lovers 'micro-world with the real world; and
The comparison between the two hemispheres and the two lovers.

The poem is free from bitterness, grief, and cynicism. There is neither disappointment nor disgust.  A note of contentment runs through the poem. In the beginning, the tone is of surprise, then it shifts to contentment and finally, to spirituality.

The poem is a dramatic monologue in form though it differs from a formal dramatic monologue. It's abrupt beginning,  a single speaker, and sila ent listener conform to the tradition of the dramatic monologue. But, it does not have the psychological tension that a dramatic monologue of Browning has. Moreover, its arguments are not found in a dramatic monologue. 


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