John Donne interpretation Watch
My face in thine eye, thine in mine appears,
And true plain hearts do in the faces rest;
Where can we find two better hemispheres,
Without sharp North, without declining West?
Whatever dies was not mixed equally;
If our two loves be one, or thou and I
Love so alike that none do slacken, none can die.
(It's from the poem The Good-Morrow)
Any ideas appreciated! Thanks!
Lines 3 and 4 seems a bit heavy on geographical/nautical imagery but what is clear is that hemisphere is half of a circle so he is implying that they are whole when together (again confirming that they are indeed facing each other).
Lines 5 and 6 says that things only pass away/fade if they are not of the perfect mix; their love is never going to pass away/fade because it is the perfect mix - they love each other equally (or thou and I/Love so alike) or that their love has fused into one perfect whole (If our two loves be one).
Feel free to ask any more questions!
The lovers are looking into each other's eyes and seeing their reflection there as if in a hemisphere which is more stable than the hemispheres of the earth which have declining aspects. He believes their love is equal and therefore cannot die.