Summary of A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning by John Donne

      “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” is a wonderful (astonishing/ magnificent/ amazing) poem written by John Donne. It was published posthumously in 1633. It is a beautiful love poem. It talks about the separation (parting) of lovers. The speaker is going away from his wife for a while. He asks his wife not to feel sad. The speaker asks his lady love not to make any fuss about their love. He asks her not to tell the lay people about their love. He says that ordinary people will not understand the love between them. He argues that their love is very noble. Their love is very pure.
Physical love versus Spiritual love
       He compares physical love and spiritual love. He argues that their love is not physical. Their love is spiritual. Only physical love requires the lovers to be near each other physically. Though he is going to be away from his lady love, the love between them will not shrink (reduce/decrease). So he asks his lady love not to feel sad. He says that she is the fixed foot of the compass. He is the other foot. Where ever he goes, he will be controlled by her. He asks her to stay firm. After completing his journey, he will return to her. Their love is noble. Donne convinces his wife not to mourn (feel sad). Thus, “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” is a superb love poem.

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