A Valediction Forbidding Mourning
by John Donne
A Valediction Forbidding Mourning Lust Quotes
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Moving of th'earth brings harms and fears,
Men reckon what it did, and meant (9-10)
Lust is like an earthquake (or "moving of the earth"). It's a destructive force that attracts lots of attention and gets everyone riled up. Everyone is talking about the couple that's all over each other. That doesn't make it love.
Dull, sublunary lovers' love
(Whose soul is sense) cannot admit
Absence, because it doth remove
Those things which elemented it. (13-16)
This is the whole argument. Earthly lovers (who are really just lusting) only care about the senses—mainly touch. So when they have to part, they lose the only thing holding them together.