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In A Valediction Forbidding Mourning John Donne describes a perfect and unchangeable love between two people Throughout the poem he skillfully compares the love of the speaker and his lady to things that seem completely different to the love between them Aside from metaphors and similes Donne conveys double-meanings by using connotation and denotation To understand the meaning of the poem you must first know the denotive meanings of the vocabulary In the title valediction is the act of bidding farewell Mourning is grieving or lamenting a loss In line 7 profanation means unreligiously or in poor taste In line 8 laity refers to non-cleric people In line 11 trepidation is a tremulous motion In line 12 innocent means free of guilt In line 13 sublunary refers to being below the moon And in line 16 elemented is related to or being the basic or essential constituent of something Donne makes an analogy in the first stanza when he compares the approaching seperation of the lovers to death The speaker compares his parting from his lover to the parting of the soul from a virtuous man at death According to the speaker virtuous men pass mildly away because the virtue in their lives has promised them glory and happiness in the afterlife They die in peace without fear or emotion The speaker thinks that it would be a profanation to reveal the love he shares with his lady It would be similar to priests revealing the mysteries and secrets of their faith to the laity or regular people If they publicly display their grief upon their seperation he feels it would taint the love he shares with his wife by being no better than the love of ordinary people Donne pleads with his lady to accept his departure He wishes to have a peaceful seperation So let us melt and make no noise The word melt means a change in the physical
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