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A Valediction forbidding Mourning A Valediction forbidding Mourning is recognised as one of Donnes most famous yet simplest poems It is his most direct statement of his ideal of spiritual love Unlike The Flea in A Valediction forbidding Mourning Donne professes a devotion to spiritual love that transcends merely the physical In this poem the persona anticipates a physical separation from his beloved he invokes the nature of that spiritual love to ward off the tear-floods and sigh-tempests that might otherwise attend on their farewell The poem is quintessentially a sequence of metaphors and comparisons each describing ways of looking at their separation which will help them avoid the mourning forbidden by the poems title Firstly the persona explains that their farewell should be as mild as the uncomplaining deaths of virtuous men for to weep would be profanation of our joys Next the persona compares harmful Moving of th earth to innocent trepidation of the spheres equating the first with dull sublunary lovers love and the second with their love Inter-assured of the mind Like the rumbling earth the dull sublunary lovers are all physical unable to experience separation without losing the sensation that comprises and sustains their love But the spiritual lovers Care less eyes lips and hands to miss because like the trepidation vibration of the spheres the globes that surrounded the earth in ancient astronomy their love is not wholly physical Also like the trepidation of the spheres their separation will not have the harmful consequences of an earthquake Though he must go their souls are still one and therefore they are not enduring a breach If their souls are separate he says they are like the feet of a compass His lovers soul is the fixed foot in the center and his is the foot that moves around it The firmness of the center foot makes the circle that the outer foot draws perfect Thy firmness makes my circle
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