A Stylistic Analysis of The Good-Morrow by John Donne

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The present paper aims to analyze John Donne's poem "The Good-Morrow" stylistically. Being a branch of applied linguistics, Stylistics scrutinizes the literary and non-literary texts in terms of their tonal and linguistic style. Donne's poem, being rich in hyperboles and conceits, depicts the universal theme of undying love where Donne welcomes new dawn and is optimistic for upcoming years of adoration and is exuberant over the magical union of two soulmates. The paper in hand adopts the stylistic analysis as a research methodology to unveil the basic theme of the poem and analyses the poem on the grammatical, phonological and graphological levels. The theoretical framework incorporates the main tenets of Geoffrey N. Leech (1969) from his well-known work "A Linguistic Guide to English Poetry", and also this work focuses on the notions of Mick Short (1996). Stylistic analysis of the chosen poem portrays how the poet, via the use of striking stylistic devices, communicates the central concept of the poem and how the poet has adorned the poem with various elements of style on the levels of grammar phon and graphology.


1-Noveen Javed
Assistant Professor, Department: English Linguistics, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan.

2-Ezzah Shakil
Visiting Faculty, Department of English, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan.

3-Fiza Ali Beenish
Lecturer in English, Sadiq Public School, Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan.


Linguistic Style, Hyperboles, Conceits, Grammar, Phonology, Graphology

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Published: 09 2020

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