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A Valediction Forbidding Mourning

A Valediction Forbidding Mourning


1. From whom does the speaker want to keep his love secret?→the laity (commoners)
2. What is responsible for the speaker's eventual return?→his wife's "firmness"/faith
3. According to the speaker, lovers who can't deal with absence are→sublunary
4. What sorts of men get to pass mildly away in the poem?→heroic
5. What mathematical object is a metaphor for the couple's loyalty?→an abacus
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