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Looking longingly towards the rising sun

John Donne outside St Paul’s Cathedral, London, May 2021

This statue of Donne was erected in 2012. He clearly turns towards the East, away from St Paul’s and towards his birthplace on Bread Street instead. Greater meaning to this is shown by the Donne quote that is inscribed beneath the bust:

“Hence is’t, that I am carried towards the West,
This day, when my Soul’s form bends to the East”

The directions of the compass were key to his metaphysical work: with the east representing the Rising Sun, the Holy Land and Christ; while the west represented the place of decline and of death.

Now over to all of you. Do come and join us in our Saturday six-word musings.

I’ll admit that many of us openly break the numeric rule and share far more words (all excellent of course!) so the key rule is to have a title of six words – and then create around that the post that you desire! Perhaps in bunches of 6 words if you’re feeling inspired.

To join the challenge, please put a link in your post to the URL of this post. Then come back here and leave us a comment. If you have any problems with linking, just put your own URL into the comment. And do feel free to socialise digitally – tweet, instagram, flickr, etc. with the hashtags #SixWordSaturday and #6WS.



Copyright Debbie Smyth, 20 January 2021

Posted as part of Six Word Saturday

35 replies »

  1. Like Maria, I like the perspective as well as the statue and building but it was quite weird to see this post, as I mistakenly thought (and just linked to) your earlier post for the B&W challenge. The title was six words and as I was on my way to bed, I didn’t check further than that. Here’s my link and feel free to delete both my pingback and link to the other post. 🙂

    Just wondering what the alternatives are


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