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At the beginning of A Valediction Forbidding Mourning the poet John Donne engages in a moralistic lesson to show the parallel between a positive way to meet death and a positive way to separate from a lover When a virtuous man dies he whispers for his soul to go while others await his departure Such a man sets an example for lovers The separation of the soul from the body and the separation of lovers from each other is not an ending but the beginning of a new cycle The poem ends with the image of a circle the symbol of perfection representing the union of souls in a love relationship This perfection is accomplished by parting at the beginning of the circle and reuniting at the point where the curves reconnect The poem begins with a metaphysical comparison between virtuous dying men whispering to their souls to leave their bodies and two lovers saying goodbye before a journey The poet says So let us melt and make no noise Twere profanation of our joys To tell the laity of our love II 5-8 The word melt implies a change in physical state The bond of the lovers will dissolve quietly like the soul of a dying man separating from his body Noise refers to tear floods and sigh tempests that the speaker implores his love not to release II 6 He continues by comparing natural phenomena to a love relationship the sigh tempests relating to the element of air and the tear floods to the element of water He uses this hyperbole to demand that his lover remain passive and resist any show of emotion upon his departure I-II 4-8 Next the element of earth is introduced Earthquakes are perceived by everyone and people often interpret them as omens of bad luck It is logical that an earthquake would be looked upon with fear because of its ability to destroy
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