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(24 January 1572 - 31 March 1631 / London, England)

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A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning

As virtuous men pass mildly away,
And whisper to their souls, to go,
Whilst some of their sad friends do say,
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  • Dr Aslam (2/19/2014 5:27:00 AM)

    love is immortal.... ah john donne....grt poet of the world... king of metaphysical poems.....

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  • Anastasia Markova (9/5/2013 5:10:00 AM)

    Nice! The style is pretty well.

  • Kevin Straw (9/5/2012 11:59:00 AM)

    What Donne elevates in this poem is the marriage of true minds. A relationship based on sensual attraction is vulnerable to absence, but a relationship based on a love which is not dependent on the senses is stronger. What a pity that those who give such a poem low marks cannot be asked to justify themselves.

  • E Backus (6/4/2012 3:50:00 AM)

    Though the distance away from one another seems surmountable and the speaker - due to the gravity of the beloved - ends where I begun, isn't it sad that carrying out the full conceit means the two lovers will never meet? The speaker relies on the beloved for a reference point, but as a compass, they will act like repelling magnets, influencing each other's movements but never touching.: (

  • Francis X. Burns (4/17/2012 5:44:00 PM)

    One of the masterworks of English poetry, the epitome of the metaphysical style. Period.

  • Mary Valva (1/15/2012 8:53:00 AM)

    Why can't I print this poem?

  • Ramesh T A (9/5/2011 4:37:00 PM)

    Metaphysical poems of John Donne are well known in literary circle. The imagery of compass expressing the idea of two lovers in union is wonderful indeed!

  • Kevin Straw (9/5/2009 4:49:00 AM)

    I remember first reading JD and, without understanding fully what I was reading, becoming transfixed by the poetry. My first league poets are Shakespeare, Donne and Blake.

  • Emily Oldham (6/21/2009 5:22:00 AM)

    I just love Donne'/s style of writing... this poem is amazing.

  • Margaret Carruthers (9/5/2008 4:50:00 AM)

    A beautiful, soulful, spiritual poem full of truth that is not often acknowledged. So thought provoking.

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