Poem Analysis: A Valediction Forbidding Mourning

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Nikki Adams Feb. 13, 2014 AP Lit Poetry In the beginning of A Valediction Forbidding Mourning it is how his love is going to be gone. He tries to make things okay by comparing their love to different things such as an important man’s death and a compass. He implies that death should not be scary but be accepted. He wants his love to wait for him until he comes back, and he says their love is too strong to just end. He explains that their love goes beyond lust, and that they have a emotional/spiritual love that goes through death. He believes even though he is leaving, that they’re still one. And that they’re going to experience expansion now. Expansion can be said to be the act of size or volume increasing. He thinks the love will stretch and it fill the distance between the two. Another example used is the compass.…show more content…
The compass shows that when a couple is separated the love they have is the fixed foot on the compass and is the foot that moves. It says, “Thy firmness makes my circle just, and makes me end, where I began.” On the compass, no matter how many times it goes around the circle, they are eventually together again. The first few lines of the poem imply that your soul is only part of you until death when it just disappears. The author using the word “whisper”, shows that your soul and body can connect with each other. One of the most important parts of the poem is the separation of the body and soul. The narrator thinks that their love cannot be separted because they share a soul. This has to be accepted for the point to be proven and by saying “Whilst some of their sad friends do say. The breath goes now, and some say, No.” This shows that not everyone agrees that love will still

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