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The peace in a tears absence One of the most common fears is the fear of losing someone who is close to you The drama caused by such events make impressions on a person that can last a lifetime Many people spend years mourning a death John Donne deals with these ideas in his poem A Valediction Forbidding Mourning He centers on the wasted energy of mourning and the consequences of it There are better ways to deal with a loss of that magnitude Death does not have to cause the end of other lives around it The poem is meant to offer peace to someone who has lost a loved one A valediction is a farewell It is a speech often given at a funeral John Donne was the dean of St Pauls Cathedral in London for many years He gave many valedictions in his days as the dean unfortunately one of his valedictions may have been for his lost wife Donne was very well educated and grew up surrounded by the church and the arts These influences no doubt helped to shape his views on love and the passing of life Each stanza of A Valediction Forbidding Mourning is tied together by an a - b - a - b rhyme scheme This is not surprising because of the calming effect expected of this poem The steady back and forth motion of the rhyme calms down the reader much as a hug that rocks you back and forth calms you This poems purpose is to offer peace to those who read it The steady use of rhyme provides a rhythmic serene environment In addition to a well-developed rhyme scheme Donne employs very few end stops The only time periods are used is to end a stanza all other line breaks are handled by commas or no punctuation at all This once again adds a natural and peaceful
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