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Almost every analysis of A Valediction Forbidding Mourning comes to the same conclusion as seeing the poem as a whole They see Donnes theme as an appreciation towards a love that holds its strength even through separation Most also recognize the poems equal relation to body and soul Although most of the criticisms argue that the poem contains the use of sexual ambiguity the paths diverge on where and how it is used Similarly in light of Donnes masterful use of conceit with almost all his works it can almost universally be accepted that such symbols as the gold leaf and the compass are liked to the lovers unity but there are several interpretations on Donnes distinct meaning Actually these kind of specific divisions seem to be the only type of contrast these critical interpretations of A Valediction Forbidding Mourning have The first stanza provides the first example of this kind of slight deviation in viewpoint Louthan distinguishes the opening of the poem as Donnes attempt to urge his wife into acceptance of the situation He sees a certain dignity and sacred genuineness about the love of the speaker and his lady hence they are not to protest too much Instead of the unclear almost uncompassionate tone that Garland perceived Louthan takes Donnes analogy of virtuous mens death as an intentional comparison of the two forms of noble departure Louthan argues that Donnes introduction implies that there is a disparagement of lovers who do make a great fuss over separation because they are inferior beings whose love depends on physical propinquity 47 Garlands view holds the same pattern as Louthan However she argues that the implication the poem has about the moroseness of parting detracts from the authors analogy of the virtuous mens death She develops this by saying the author seems remote both from his mistress and from any anxiety over his imminent departure His control and reasoned argument seem to Garland to refute
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