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A Valediction for Weeping by John Donne In John Donnes A Valediction for Weeping the speakerconsoles his lover beforeleaving on a sea voyage and begs her not to cry Crying the speakertells his lover this poem atthe docks before he boards his ship going abroad Donne whopioneered though never coinedthe term the metaphysical conceit uses a spherical image as thecentral metaphor in his poemWhen Donne uses irony paradox and hyperbole including the use ofround images such ascoins globes and tears he strengthens the spherical conceit Bycomparing two seemingopposites like tears and love as his conceit Donne uses thespherical image as the centralparadox in A Valediction Of Weeping Donne opens the poem with the speaker crying while talking tohis lover before hisdeparture abroad His first spherical images are in the first stanza and they are tears and coins Let me pour forth My tears before thy face whilst I stay here For thy face coins them and thy stamp they bear And by this mintage they are something worth 1-4Both the coins and his tears have worth literal and figurativevalues respectively His tears fallfrom his face because he hurts for leaving something no amount ofcoins can pay to alleviateLike coins being stamped out of a sheet of metal his tears arepressed from his eyes Becausewater reflects her image and tears are made out of water the stampimage has a double meaningtoo The tears equal the lover The mintage mentioned in line fourhas an expanded meaning Aset of pressed coins is a mintage as is the set of the speakerstears but the impression on the cointhe lovers face can also be a mintage As the beginning of the stanza opens with a circular image thesecond half of the stanzaincludes even more circular images For thus they be Pregnant of thee
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