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Metaphysical poetry is a blend of passionate feelings and paradoxical style John Donne is believed to be one of the best of metaphysical poets There are many examples of metaphysical imagery in the works of John Donne The metaphysical imagery of John Donne will be brought into view by the examples he used throughout his poetry Donne begins A Valediction Forbidding Mourning by indicating a preference for their departure to be unobtrusive to be as restrained as possible in their parting by using an analogy between the couple and virtuous men He describes As virtuous men pass mildly away And whisper to their souls to go Whilst some of their sad friends do say The breath goes now and some say no 1-4 Through descriptions of mildly and whisper he reveals his wish for their separation to be as temperate as possible Donne calls for a similar restraint in their passing for no fuss tears or sighs referring to the typical hyperbolic lovers and using them as a vision of how not to act So let us melt and make no noise No tear-floods nor sigh-tempests move 5-6 Here the intellectual begins to take over the sentimentality or impulsiveness of the scene Donne perplexes the minds of the fair sex with nice speculations of philosophy when he should engage their hearts and entertain them with the softness of love Bennett 1 So let us melt and make no noise No teare-floods nor sigh-tempests move Twere prophanation of our joyes To tell the layetie our love 5-8 The word melt implies a change in physical state The bond of lovers will dissolve quietly Noise refers to tear floods and sigh tempests that the speaker pleads with his love not to leave He continues by comparing natural phenomena to a love relationship the sigh tempest relating to the element of the air and the tear floods to the element of water He uses
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