What is your first impression of the horse in this poem?
Do you think that the poet paints an effective picture of the world ending in lines 1 to 8? What phrases and images contributed most strongly to this?
Pick two metaphors or similes from this poem that you liked and stae why you think they are effective.
‘But we, by a love so much refined’
Discuss the way in which the poet distinguishes the love that he and his wife share from the love that others experience. Do you think he is being honest about what matters most to his wife and himself?
What sort of view of love does this poem present?
In your opinion, what is Donne’s attitude to love in this poem? Support your answer by close reference to the text.