Go and Catch a Falling Star | Summary

Summary of "Go and catch a falling star" by John Donne .

Song: is sort of different from John Donne’s other poetry. It is better known with its first line “Go and catch the falling star”. Its name defines that it's not a mere poem but a song-like version of a poem as its tone features a little change within the rhyming scheme.


As the poem starts Donne suggests readers that finding a Woman, who is honest in love, is as difficult as to do some impossible tasks such as “catching the falling star or meteor, conceiving a child with a mandrake plant, going back in past time and discovering why the devils have cloven feet, similarly to gain the talent to hear mermaid singing and other impossible command is to seek out how to urge obviate stings of Envy. Then he adds one more thing in the list of impossible task that to find the wind, to find what wind is that which helps to give opulence to an honest mind.

In the second stanza, Speaker’s impossibilities continue to increase. Donne says that if you seek to see invisible things as the most famous example “finding an honest woman” your wish would be incomplete even if you walk for one thousand nights and days (27 years approx). He says that even your hair will turn gray but you will not get to find an honest women because an honest woman who is beautiful at the same time is a myth or next to impossible.

In last lines of the poems, poet now changes to some positive thoughts. He says if you, somehow, are ready to find a lady true and delightful then please let me know. Because then the journey would definitely worth it. Yet he continues together with his actual thoughts he says that albeit the girl were nearby and that i wouldn’t travel her because because the time I come to see her she would be unfaithful to many men.

So the main thought of the poem remains at the loyalty of the women. Poet sarcastically comments at the faithfulness of the women, he says that a woman cannot be “No where Lives a woman true, and fair”

The theme of the poem surrounds over the invisible thing “True and fair woman”