The Baite Come live with mee, and bee my love, And wee will some new pleasures prove Of golden sands, and christall brookes, With silken lines, and silver hookes. When thou wilt swimme in that live bath, Each fish, which every channell hath, Will amorously to thee swimme, Gladder to catch thee, than thou him. If thou, to be so seene, beest loath, By Sunne, or Moone, thou darknest both, And if my selfe have leave to see, I need not their light, having thee. Let others freeze with angling reeds, And cut their legges, with shells and weeds, Or treacherously poore fish beset, With strangling snare, or windowie net: Let coarse bold hands, from slimy nest The bedded fish in banks out-wrest, Or curious traitors, sleavesilke flies Bewitch poore fishes wandring eyes. John Donne Air and Angels Twice or thrice had I loved thee, Before I knew thy face or name; So in a voice, so in a shapeless flame, Angels affect us oft, and worshipped be; Still when, to where thou wert, I came, Some lovely glorious nothing I did see, But since my soul, whose child love is, Takes limbs of flesh, and else could nothing do, More subtle than the parent is Love must not be, but take a body too, And therefore what thou wert, and who I bid love ask, and now That it assume thy body, I allow, And fix itself in thy lip, eye, and brow. John Donne.
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It was penned before he left on a trip to Europe. It was not published until after his death, appearing in the collection Songs and Sonnets. The poem is divided into sets of four lines, or quatrains. Donne has also structured this piece with a consistent pattern of rhyme, following the scheme of abab. In regards to meter, Donne chose to use iambic tetrameter.
This means that each line contains four sets of two beats. Generally, the first of these is unstressed and the second stressed. There are a few moments though where this reverses and instead the first syllable is stressed trochaic tetrameter. The poem begins with the speaker describing the death of a virtuous man.
He goes to the afterlife peacefully, so much so that his friends are not sure if he is dead or not. Donne compares this kind of peaceful parting to the way he and his wife will separate. The poem concludes with the well-known conceit comparing love to a drafting compass. In regards to love, Donne spent the majority of the text trying to define what his love is like. Donne utilizes a number of images and analogies, which will be discussed later in this analysis, that accomplish this.
By the time the speaker gets to the end, he has come to the conclusion that no matter where he is, their love will live on.
The theme of spirituality is intimately connected with that of love. It goes beyond that which ordinary people experience. This means it can overcome any mundane barrier life throws at it.
The first lines of the text bring up death. They are discussing amongst themselves when this person is going to die, and which breath might be his last. By utilizing death to later speak on life, Donne is taping into the tradition of Carpe Diem poetry. These types of poems promote a way of living that keeps in mind the ever present prospect of death. It appears towards the end of the text, in line It is important because it symbolizes the strength of their relationship, but also the balance that exists between the speaker and his wife.
It is due to her steadfastness that he always finds his way back home. The speaker clearly sees this conceit, or comparison between two very unlike things, as a romantic. Another image that is important to the text appears throughout the first half of the poem, that of natural, disastrous weather patterns. In this instance the weather is being used to show the exaggerated emotions of lesser love.
The couple he is imagining cries and sighs outrageously as if hoping someone will take note of their passion. Analysis of A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning Stanza One 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: In the first stanza of this piece the speaker begins with an image of death. There is nothing traumatic about it. The word sounds or resembles the noise it represents. The dying man is not alone.
His final moments are so peaceful that there is no sign to tell the onlookers the end has come. Rather than explaining what the first stanza was all about, it adds on additional information. The speaker is comparing the peaceful death of a virtuous man to the love he shares with the intended listener. It is something they keep to themselves. It is something unexpected and unexplained. The next two lines are a bit more obscure.
They refer to the celestial spheres, or concentric circles, in which the moon, stars and planets moved. Although they are sectioned off, they still shake and vibrate in reaction to other events. It is a greater shaking than that which an earthquake is able to inflict but it is unseen, innocent. This is another metaphor for how the speaker sees his relationship. It is not the showy earthquake but the much more powerful shaking of the celestial spheres.
A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
Whose soul is sense cannot admit Absence, because it doth remove Those things which elemented it. But we by a love so much refined, That our selves know not what it is, Inter-assured of the mind, Care less, eyes, lips, and hands to miss. DiPasquale notes the use of "refined" as a continuation of an alchemical theme set in the earlier stanzas, with the phrase "so much refined" ambiguous as to whether it is modifying "love", or the couple themselves are being refined by the love they share. While beating the gold ever-thinner spreads it out, widening the distance between the couple, the gold now covers more room—it has spread and become pervasive. Beating it to "aery thinness"—distributing it throughout the air—means that the love is now part of the atmosphere itself.
A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning by John Donne
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. The style is pretty well.