Summary Of A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning By John Donne

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Conceit no 1: John Donne uses one of the most famous of metaphysical conceits in “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning". Donne compares the lovers' souls to the points of a compass: "Thy soul, the fixt foot, makes no show To move, but doth, if the' other doe." The separation of the husband and wife is like the movement of one leg of the compass while the other leg is fixed at the center. The drawing of the circle indicates the journey of the poet in a foreign country and the fixed side of the compass indicate stay of his wife in London. The rotating side of the compass must return to the base to join the other side ultimately and as such there is no need to mourn. The two legs are pointing in opposite directions, but permanently linked to one another. The poet suggests that he would be separated from his lover. But with the mighty power of love he…show more content…
We would have only one world. Each would have one. My world would be you and your world would be me. We are each other’s world. Here he says, the lover is a whole world to his beloved and she is a whole universe to him, they are two better hemispheres because first hemispheres is without the slanting North pole, and second hemisphere is without the declining West. So, our love is not subject to the notions of weather or time. Conceit no 7: The poet suggests that only those things are subject to death and decay whose constituents are not mixed proportionately. The loves of the poet and his beloved are one because they are exactly similar in all respects and as such none of them will die. Their souls being unites in pure love will remain united forever. What ever dyes, was not mixt equally; It our two loves be one, or, thou and I Love so alike, that none doe slacken, none can

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