Summary Of A Valediction : Forbidding Mourning By John Donne

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Love is one of the most powerful feelings a person can experience. People express love to one another in many different ways. Not all love has to be portrayed through sexual incourse, no. Love does not have to be shown physically, and this can be proved in the poem A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning. The poem was written by a poet with the name of John Donne. Donne was one of the greatest English writers of all time and most of his poems were about romance and love. Donne had a woman of his own, in which his love for her was remarkable. In the poem, A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning, Donne portrays substantial messages throughout; furthermore, Donne informs in this poem, written to his wife, that good people eventually have to die, the love for his wife is done through the mind not the body, and that their love is nobody’s business but their own.
In the poem, Donne starts off by explaining to his wife that he will have to die eventually. He implies, “As virtuous men pass mildly away, and whisper to their souls to go…” (page 484, lines one and two). Donne uses these first lines to explain to his love that even though he has to sail away, he’s eventually going to die anyway; therefore, she should not be upset. His lover then feels even more upset, and he explains to her that they will be in love with each other forever, for they are not in love with each others bodies. Thus, Donne enlightens his wife by telling her that he’ll still be with her, even if it’s not physically.

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