Essay on A Valediction : Forbidding Mourning

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“A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning”: Love As a Metaphor
Few poets could incorporate an old man dying, a natural disaster, and a mathematical instrument into a love poem but John Donne does so in “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning.” Donne employs many uncommon symbols in his metaphors, including an earthquake and a compass. Despite how unrelated these symbols are to love, he still conveys a serious, heartfelt message about the speaker’s lover to the reader. The poem’s meter, rhyme scheme, and structure strictly follow the set form and rarely deviate from it with the exception of a few syllables around the sixth stanza in the entire poem. The strict structure of the poem leaves room for Donne to intentionally change the form and draw attention to a verse, which happens a few times and reinforces the content of the poem. The literary devices and structure support the content through various ways like caesura and conceits. They allow Donne to draw the reader’s attention to particular parts of the poem by creating disruptions in the meter and rhythm.
John Donne was born during the first half of 1572 in London. He was born into a Catholic family, whose religion played a huge role in Donne’s life and writing. In 1621, he became a priest at St. Paul’s, where he wrote religious poems. Donne wrote poems that doubted his worthiness to God, and that he did not merit God’s grace, which explains why he was reluctant to become a priest. “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” was written…

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