A Valediction Forbidding Mourning Donne Analysis

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In “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning”, Donne writes the poem for his lover, knowing that they will eventually be apart and have to say goodbye to each other, as ‘valediction’ is another word for farewell. He states in the poem that “’Twere profanation of our joys / to tell the laity of our love”, Donne is saying that it would be disrespectful to even attempt to let the common people know about their love, because that’s how special it is. No matter how hard they they try to explain it, no one would understand it, because their love is simply that ethereal. Donne then goes on to say that, “Moving of th’ earth brings harms and fears / Men reckon what it did and meant / But trepidation of the spheres / Though greater far, is innocent.” Donne seems to be comparing other loves to earthquakes in that the shaking of the earth, similar to the rough patches in relationships, could be the end of them. They are fragile and unstable, easily destroyed. However, Donne’s relationship is so strong, nothing, not even distance, can shake it. To further prove this point, Donne explains that “Dull sublunary lover’s love / (Whose soul is sense) can not admit / Absence, because it doth remove / those things which elemented it.” In this, he’s insinuating that the love from those who are grounded on earth under the moon is malleable and weak, and that something like distance can destroy their relationship. Once again, Donne uses this type of metaphor to exaggerate the point that his love is otherworldly as compared to everyone else’s.
Throughout the entirety of the poem, John Donne reiterates the point that he and his lover share a soul. For example, he states at separate times, “Our two souls therefore, which are one,” and “If they be two, they are two so,” again in reference to their souls. Donne refers to him and his love as inter-assured, implying that their souls are one, and no distance, no matter how far, will affect their bond.
Similar to Donne, Anne Bradstreet also faces a separation from her lover, and expresses her emotions in a poem entitled, “A Letter to Her Husband, Absent upon Public Employment”. Bradstreet’s husband was a governor for the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and therefore was away for business much of the
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