John Donne 's A Valediction : Forbidding Mourning And Katherine Philips 's Mrs. B.a. At Parting

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Love can be quite a difficult topic to write about, expressing one’s intimate and innermost emotions requires a great level of dedication and honesty. If done correctly, the outcome is truly stunning. John Donne’s “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” and Katherine Philips’s “To Mrs. M.A. at Parting” are two masterpieces of this genre. These poems depict the concept of true love so meticulously that the reader cannot help but envy the relationships presented. Perhaps the reason that these works are so effective is due to the fact that they are incredibly similar to each other. Although some differences are present when it comes to structure and gender concerns, the poems share the same theme of love on a spiritual level and show many parallels in meaning. To start off it is important to realize that a spiritual bond is goes much deeper than a person’s surface needs and desires. A spiritual connection is a bond between two souls and its intense nature allows it to last even the harshest conditions. The speaker and his wife from “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” have a relationship that has reached this level as well, “Dull sublunary lovers’ love / (Whose soul is sense) cannot admit / Absence…” (Donne 13-15). “Sublunary” lovers refers to people whose relationships have not reached a spiritual level. Since, the relationship is “dull” and is physically oriented, the couples rely on intimacy and touch in order for the relationship to thrive. The speaker’s relationship with

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