A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning

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The central idea of this poem is to convey a view of love. And by the continuous contrasts of two opposite kinds of views of love (line9, 10 vs. line 11,12, stanza 6th vs. stanza 7th), the following stanzas (from the second stanza) are constructed.
The view of love emphasized here is a sort of "platonic love": 1.'peaceful' (let us meltˇ÷in each otherˇ÷I am you,you are me. ˇ§And make no noise, no tear floods, nor sigh-tempests moveˇ¨), 2.'everlasting' (by using that dull lover's love should remove with lover's absence as an opposite-side proof to explain their unchangeable love), 3.'private' (by contrasting the vulgar love, which completely discloses itself to the public, with the ideal love in this poem), and 4.'seeking spiritual combination' (ˇ§Thy firmness makes my circle just, and makes me end, where I begunˇ¨).
The poem is quite beautiful in appearance (using a lot of descriptive expressions), that makes one want to seek for that kind of love, too. But also there's some sort of philosophy of life hidden inside. It suggests the temperance of one's feelings (thus love can be great), also the sincere love toward god. It should be sacred and beyond the vulgar.
Indeed, the reasonable, harmless love is more meaningful (or whatever one can think of) than the love of sense. Maybe all the lasting love should be like that. But it's not my type. From my understanding, love is called love when the strongest emotions are condensed, then being released. That is the true spirit of love.


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