A Valediction Forbidding Mourning By John Donne Essay

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“A Valediction Forbidding Mourning” is a poem written by John Donne that demonstrates many metaphysical conceits. The role of metaphysical conceits in “A Valediction Forbidding Mourning” is to give his wife a reason to put her worries to rest and it also acts as a reassurance to her showing that their love will last forever. Donne uses the intellectual terms of astronomy, alchemy and geology to get his point over to his wife. The first metaphysical conceit that Donne uses in this poem is in his third stanza where he uses geology and astronomy to explain how his love for his wife is outstanding unlike the love of other couples. He first compares an earthquake to the relationships of others by stating that “moving of th’earth brings harm and fears/men reckon what it did and meant” (9-10). In this quote Donne demonstrates that the love of others can be compared to earthquakes being that earthquakes are dangerous and scary, but they only last for a little bit. Afterwards, Donne explains to his wife that their love is different and that she should think of their love in a more celestial way. Donne tells his wife that their love is similar to the “trepidation of the spheres” (11). This is used as sweet talk to his wife so that she can calm down and listen to him. He does this by comparing their love to the harmonious movement of the planets. This during that time was believed to make beautiful music that was heavenly. In conclusion, the poet tells his wife that others have love…

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