When with one man mann’d

Speaking of “Beyond, Behind, Below,” nm assumed it was a John Donne reference. My experience reading John Donne is limited to almost none. Which I thought was justified by him being a boring old fart. So, no, not a John Donne reference.

But I just googled “Beyond, Behind, Below John Donne” and got this! Which would not be safe for work except that it’s written by John Donne, who your boss is also going to assume is a boring old fart.

But John Donne, I apologize. You are a hell of a hot love poem writer.

Check just this part out!

Licence my roving hands, and let them go
Before, behind, between, above, below.
O, my America, my Newfoundland,
My kingdom, safest when with one man mann’d,
My mine of precious stones, my empery ;
How am I blest in thus discovering thee !

O, my America. That’s so fucking awesome.

6 thoughts on “When with one man mann’d

  1. John Donne is very sexy, moreso than I ever realized as an undergraduate. I think I just didn’t have sufficient sexual experience at the time to get what he was up to. He’s also unexpectedly funny.

  2. Even if you didn’t know about his sexy love poems, how could you have thought that he was a boring old fart? I know they make everybody read his piece about “for whom the bell tolls” and talk about SYMBOLISM and all, but didn’t you ever ignore the teachers and just read the damn thing aloud to yourself? The dude could write prose that flat-out sang; how could his poetry not be awesome?

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