Wit and Donne Poems
After reading and re-reading Wit and selected Donne poems, many questions remained
burning in my mind. I tried making connections between the thoughts of Vivian in Wit, and the
complex words in Donne’s Holy Sonnets. In Wit, Vivian says to one of her doctors, “Are you
going to be sorry when I--- Do you ever miss people? (57). Vivian was fully aware that she
would die in the near future. At one point she also states “My cancer is not being cured, is it (66).
This time Vivian addresses this as a statement, not even a question. She was prepared for the
truth, that cancer would soon take her life. These words relate to a passage from Donne’s Holy
Sonnet X. “Much pleasure, the from thee, much more must flow, and soonest our best men with
thee do go” (63). Here, Donne is basically stating that everyone dies sooner or later. These
passages are related in terms of facing reality: that every living thing must come to an end.