Janie Ramírez July 16, 2008 A Circle and a Dot In “A Valediction Forbidding Mourning” by John Donne, the poet uses juxtaposing metaphors of the celestial bodies, gold, and a compass to explain to his wife why she should not mourn his absence because their love is so perfect. The poem starts off with the poetic voice stating how the farewell between him and his wife should be gentle, quiet and tear-free, because to have it otherwise would desecrate their love to the level of common people who do not understand the magnitude of their love. He tells his wife, “So let us melt, and make no noise” (5). The melting could mean for them to slowly, quietly move, or melt, away, but it also begins the metaphor of gold, as when you melt a metal to shape it. In stanzas three and four, he begins to relate their love to the heavenly bodies. Even though the “Moving of th’ earth” (9) is frightening, the “trepidation of the spheres” (11) is far more scary but it is not something fully understood by the average man. This again brings the comparison that their love is not
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