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A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning - Poem by John Donne

As virtuous men pass mildly away,
And whisper to their souls, to go,
Whilst some of their sad friends do say,
'The breath goes now,' and some say, 'No:'

So let us melt, and make no noise,
No tear-floods, nor sigh-tempests move;
'Twere profanation of our joys
To tell the laity our love.

Moving of th' earth brings harms and fears;
Men reckon what it did, and meant;
But trepidation of the spheres,
Though greater far, is innocent.

Dull sublunary lovers' love
(Whose soul is sense) cannot admit
Absence, because it doth remove
Those things which elemented it.

But we by a love so much refin'd,
That ourselves know not what it is,
Inter-assured of the mind,
Care less, eyes, lips, and hands to miss.

Our two souls therefore, which are one,
Though I must go, endure not yet
A breach, but an expansion,
Like gold to airy thinness beat.

If they be two, they are two so
As stiff twin compasses are two;
Thy soul, the fix'd foot, makes no show
To move, but doth, if the' other do.

And though it in the centre sit,
Yet when the other far doth roam,
It leans, and hearkens after it,
And grows erect, as that comes home.

Such wilt thou be to me, who must
Like th' other foot, obliquely run;
Thy firmness makes my circle just,
And makes me end, where I begun.


Comments about A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning by John Donne

  • Gold Star - 31,725 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (9/5/2014 11:27:00 PM)

    Marriage between two minds, two individuals is a very important relationship upto the end of life most of the circumstances. Love is important thing for a marriage relation. Here the poet beautifully made a poem of the different aspects of life and even the death situation which it is made so beautiful and at the same time make sad emotions in the mind which is a positiveness of the poem. Making others feel through a poem as if it is a genuine life situation is not so bad. I very much liked the poem as a reader and also felt. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Dr Aslam (2/19/2014 5:27:00 AM)

    love is immortal.... ah john donne....grt poet of the world... king of metaphysical poems..... (Report) Reply

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

    Nice! The style is pretty well. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Farewell

  1. 1. A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning , John Donne
  2. 2. Le Monocle De Mon Oncle , Wallace Stevens
  3. 3. Stanzas , Emily Jane Brontë
  4. 4. On Monsieur's Departure , Queen Elizabeth I
  5. 5. A Farewell , Charles Kingsley
  6. 6. Sonnet 87: Farewell! Thou Art Too Dear F.. , William Shakespeare
  7. 7. A True Account Of Talking To The Sun On .. , Frank O'Hara
  8. 8. So We'Ll Go No More A-Roving , George Gordon Byron
  9. 9. Here Follows Some Verses Upon The Burnin.. , Anne Bradstreet
  10. 10. A Teamster's Farewell , Carl Sandburg
  11. 11. Song—farewell To The Highlands , Robert Burns
  12. 12. Tie The Strings To My Life, My Lord, , Emily Dickinson
  13. 13. Farewell, Love , Sir Thomas Wyatt
  14. 14. The Remains , Mark Strand
  15. 15. Movement Song , Audre Lorde
  16. 16. Farewell , John Clare
  17. 17. Sonata , Gjertrud Schnackenberg
  18. 18. A Farewell To America To Mrs. S. W. , Phillis Wheatley
  19. 19. Gone Away Blues , Thomas McGrath
  20. 20. Leave-Taking , Louise Bogan
  21. 21. Sweetest Love, I Do Not Go , John Donne
  22. 22. Love's Farewell , Michael Drayton
  23. 23. In The Baggage Room At Greyhound , Allen Ginsberg
  24. 24. Grieve Not, Dear Love , John Digby
  25. 25. Remember , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  26. 26. The Green Knight's Farewell To Fancy , George Gascoigne
  27. 27. Good Night , Wilhelm Muller
  28. 28. First Farewell To J.G. , Ephelia
  29. 29. A Farewell To Tobacco , Charles Lamb
  30. 30. When We Two Parted , George Gordon Byron
  31. 31. The Rhinoceros , Ogden Nash
  32. 32. Waving Goodbye , Gerald Stern
  33. 33. A Farewell To False Love , Sir Walter Raleigh
  34. 34. Departure , Arthur Rimbaud
  35. 35. Parting Song , Jill Alexander Essbaum
  36. 36. A Litany In Time Of Plague , Thomas Nashe
  37. 37. At The San Francisco Airport , Yvor Winters
  38. 38. In My Dreams , Stevie Smith
  39. 39. Farewell To The Farm , Robert Louis Stevenson
  40. 40. My Heart's In The Highlands , Robert Burns
  41. 41. A Love By The Sea , William Ernest Henley
  42. 42. A Farewell , William Wordsworth
  43. 43. Farewell Love And All Thy Laws Forever , Sir Thomas Wyatt
  44. 44. A Farewell To Idiots , abhimanyu kumar.s
  45. 45. Lancelot And Elaine , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  46. 46. Isolation: To Marguerite , Matthew Arnold
  47. 47. Farewell My Friend , Sylvia Chidi
  48. 48. Imitation , Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
  49. 49. Hiawatha's Departure , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  50. 50. Farewell , Thomas E. Spencer
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