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A Valediction Forbidding Mourning

A Valediction Forbidding Mourning

by John Donne

A Valediction Forbidding Mourning: Variations on the Themes True or False

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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