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DescriptionJohn Danne - A VALEDICTION FORBIDDING MOURNING. The essay deals with the Jone Danne best poem.
The compass represents spiritual love, which is balanced, symmetrical, intellectual, serious, and beautiful in its polished simplicity.
a) Conge d’amour
i) Consolation upon separation of lovers
b) The reasons for not mourning his departure;
i) As with a quiet death, friends don’t know if the person has departed, so lovers should depart without fuss so they don’t reveal the quality of the love to the ignorant.
ii) Like the planets returning in orbit, lovers who are both spiritually and physically in love are not affected by separation.
iii) As the compass point will return, the lover will return home, therefore mourning is inappropriate.
c) Their love is deeper than ‘sublunary’ lovers;
i) The mind dictates to the body, a ‘love more refined’, ‘inter assured of the mind’ so they will be able to cope.
ii) There is love higher than what other people think love is.
iii) Their souls will not suffer because they are joint - ‘our souls therefore, which are one’, ‘endure not yet a breach, but an expansion’.
iv) Assured of the other’s love – they know they will not fall out of x metaphors
i) A Conceit
ii) Compasses; circle
iii) As the compasses guides itself, if she waits for him, she will guide his course so he will create the perfect circle and return to her
iv) Moving of the earth; trepidation of the spheres
v) Earthquakes are seen to be more deadly than the planets moving apart. Like the earthquake, lovers cannot deal with separation because of the physical distance. However, the poets love is like the planets, eventually he will return.
vi) Virtuous men; the breath goes
vii) The separation of body and soul is so gentle that friends surrounding the dying and dead cannot tell if they are alive or dead. Therefore there should be no fuss, if other people know about their love it will demean x gold to airy thinness beat
ii) The souls are like gold stretching, to foil but not breaking.
c) Lexical sets
3) Versification and Rhythm
a) Metaphysical poem
b) Nine quatrains
c) Iambic pentameter
d) As a compass travels 360 degrees, there are 36 lines with 10 syllables. In Ptolemaic cosmology, it was believed that after 36,000 years, the planets would return to their original places of the moment of creation.
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