Title: A Close Reading: Break of the Day
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But when read in concert with “The Sun Rising,” a poem published on the same subject as “Break of Day” but with a male speaker, it helps to show that Donne sometimes felt that men and women dealt with the same types of problems and that sometimes women handled them better then men.
Both the “The Sun Rising” and “Break of Day” are written in three stanzas and in both poems the stanzas serve roughly the same purpose...
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The first stanza in both poems is a lamenting of the circumstances; the romantic encounter is over and the new day must start. The male speaker blames the sun itself for this misfortune and tries to argue with it directly, while the female speaker blames the male and tries to argue with him. This shows differences in the reach of power for the male and female speakers in Donne’s world...
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