Timeless And Timelessness In Literature

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One theme in literature, and British literature alike, is timelessness. Many pieces that are famous have been passed down through generations and readers all over the world still relate to it through love or comedy. Two works that capture timelessness and universality are “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” written by John Donne and Much Ado About Nothing written by William Shakespeare. What often draws people to literature is raw emotion. “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” perfectly fits the raw emotion and timelessness with true love. This poem by John Donne captivates readers’ imaginations through his idea of love extending past death and the eternal love of two people. Love songs and love stories endure time because they are always relevant because love is always relevant. Donne’s poem can be used in a variety of situations and has endured because of the sweetness and vulnerability of it. Donne writes, “Thy firmness makes my circle just, / And makes me end where I begun,” (Donne 35-36). These lines are one part of a conceit that likens his and his wife’s love to a compass and that she completes him. If people are in love, romantic gestures and nice words can make the love grow stronger, so the message of Donne continues to be passed on through people in love. Poems like this make hearts swell and, on the education side, use many aspects of figurative language. “A Valediction” continues being taught because of the beautiful use of language and metaphors and how Donne
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