A Valediction : Forbidding Mourning Essay

812 Words Dec 1st, 2015 4 Pages
Three Messages
(A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning) There are countless memorable and even legendary poets and writers in our world that have written pieces long ago that are still impacting today’s society. These poets range from the many different places, genres and languages. One in particular, John Donne, was born on January twenty-second 1572 in London England. Donne was an English poet and a cleric in the Church of England. He was known for being a metaphysical poet, meaning he believed in powers beyond the body. “John Donne was the leader and founder of the metaphysical school of poetry.” (Greenlaw) very popular poem “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning,” is a great example of his metaphysical style. In this poem he emphasizes the soul several times to explain and show his love for his wife. Some would say this is one of the best love poems of all time. “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning,” contains three important messages; the separation of body and soul, two souls becoming one and human/earthy natures. Initially, in “Valediction: Forbidding Mourning,” the separation of body and soul is portrayed. Usually when hearing about the body and soul separating people think of death. “And whisper to their souls to go” (Line 2) This line in the first stanza is depicting a person dying. “The use of the word "whisper" suggests that the soul and body can communicate with one another as separate entities.” (Mays) The poem suggest that men that are not virtuous cannot speck to…

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