A Valediction Forbidding Mourning
by John Donne
A Valediction Forbidding Mourning Questions
Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.
- What is "metaphysical" about this poem? What parts of the poem lead you to your answer?
- What imaginative places does Donne lead us to through his metaphors?
- Once you unravel the logic of all these metaphors, which one is most interesting to you? Why?
- In Donne's opinion, what makes other couples lesser lovers? What parts of the poem tell you that?
- As Donne explains it, what's the difference between an earthquake and the movements of the celestial bodies, and what does that have to do with love?
- In what way does Donne flatter his wife by comparing her to mathematical instruments?
- The poem makes a lot of arguments—list all the reasons Donne gives why he and his wife should not mourn. Do they seem believable to you? Why or why not?
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