Y.C. Huang at 14:47:53 4/20/98 from c445-55.svdcc.fju.edu.tw
|Course: Introduction to Literature
Name: Maxine Y.C. Huang
Topic: I love "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning"
We learn many poems during this semester. However, I enjoy John Donne's " A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" most. From reading his poem, I feel the power of true love is so boundless that nothing can be obstacle to it, and it is also can¡¦t be compared with other gaudy emotion¡K
In the first three stanzas, poet made a vivid compression between extremes of expressing feelings. One was strong and passionate; the other was tender and calm. Common people's love was like "earthquake". Though it was very violent, it could be measured and it was limited. It sprang out suddenly, but it couldn't last long.
In stanza four and five, poet again focused on the difference between mortal love and spiritual love. Mortal love was unsteady, because it couldn't endure the task of "absence". Once the mortal lover departed from each other, their love would fade away. But, the poet and his love's love wouldn't like that. For, they knew true love wasn't built up by the encounter of "eyes, lips, and hands". Matching closely in spirit was the most important element of true love.
From the sixth to tenth stanza, John Donne used two kinds of metaphysical description to describe the love between he and his "she". He said their love was "Like gold to airy beat". Although, he and she were apart from each other, their bodies were in different worlds. Apparently, that was a kind of "breach" to their relationship and hearts. But, actually, their two spirits would become purely one. Their love was so valuable, steady, and long lasting as gold.
Then he said they also like the two feet of a compasses. Again, John Donne seemed to tell his readers that he wouldn't get together with his love any more. We know when drawing a circle, there was some distance between the feet of a compasses. But, truly speaking, they still connected closely with each other. He said "To move, but doth if the other do".
In the next two stanzas, I find their deep love, and his attachment to her. He said "It leans, and after it, and grows erect, as that comes home". Besides, I also find that he was her faithful follower, and she was his only guide in his life. For, he said "Such wilt thau be to me, who must like the other foot, obliquely run", and "Thy firmness makes my circle just, and makes me and where I begun".
I like this poem very much, and I wish this true love can really exist
in the world. How sweet it is¡K