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A Valediction Forbidden Mourning vs. Love Poem.

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A Valediction Forbidden Mourning vs. Love Poem Mirdza Abele "A Valediction Forbidden Mourning" by John Donne and "Love Poem" by Elizabeth Jennings both are poems about love, but in each case, love is seen in a different way. Both authors, however write from their own experience, which is why their poems are so unlike. Donne uses a regular ab, ab, rhyme scheme, which suggests that he has his ideas clear in his mind and he has experienced everything. Donne is no longer scared, on opposite-he's very calm. His poem is about celebration of love and how love can withdraw long-term separation: "Our two souls therefore, which are one". Donne uses human soles to explain and impose the fact, that love is stronger than any separation, even death. On the other hand, Elizabeth Jennings suggests that love is painful, involving uncertainty: "In all true feelings that we find and every shaking of the heart..." However, there is a line in every stanza, which imposes a celebration of love: "O love is kind, O love is kind." ...read more.


He expresses the physical and psychological trauma that the two lovers experience, as one of them pass away. However, then he argues that, death might separate him and his partner physically, but their souls remain together, and that's why their love is superior. Jennings, in her poem, argues that love can make people so blind, that after being in love with the loved one, for a lifetime, one can't still remember the way the other looked like: "With how we cannot bring to mind a face whose every line we know." Perhaps this sentence represents the idea, that love is so strong and demanding, that in the end one cannot recall the looks of the other, because it is not important anymore. Jennings is saying that what really matters in love is feelings and partner's personality, not looks. Therefore this stanza is ended with a celebration of love: "O love is kind, o love is kind." John Donne argues that his and his partner's love is much more superior than others', because his love is a joint of souls and unlike other sublunary lovers, who love ...read more.


Donne uses a metaphor to once more show the strength and superiority of his love. He says: "As stiff twin compasses are two", he then goes on to explain: "thy soul, the fix'd foot, makes no show to move, but doth, if th' other do.". The compass is said to be the two partners, in this case Donne and his lover. They are joined, at the top, which is compared to joint of souls, that he and his lover has. Later on Donne says, that as one leg moves the other moves with it, this meaning that separation can't be possible, because the two legs are joined and one moves when the other one does. While Donne is suggesting the unity of souls and absolute conglomeration of partners, Jennings suggests, that discretion and secrecy should predominate. She argues, that this makes all love seam more meanful and special: "And wants the world to understand, is love that holds itself in doubt." However, Jennings shows a great deal of courage by still believing and celebrating love, after all the pain she has suffered. She shows her bravery in the last lines: "For love is quiet, and love is kind." ...read more.

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