John Donne: Poems

The Broken Heart

What situation are they in?

How do they feel about the subject?

What is the mood?

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The speaker has a broken heart. He says that it is ludicrous to argue that someone can’t fall out of love quickly, although he himself has felt the plague of a broken heart for a year. A broken heart is an overwhelming grief. In a single blow, his beloved shattered his heart. Now, like a broken mirror, the many pieces of his heart can reflect minor feelings such as adoration, but his breast “can love no more.”