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A Valediction Of Weeping Analysis

Author: Poetry of John Donne Type: Poetry Views: 2009

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Let me pour forth

My tears before thy face, whilst I stay here,

For thy face coins them, and thy stamp they bear,

And by this mintage they are something worth,

For thus they be

Pregnant of thee;

Fruits of much grief they are, emblems of more,

When a tear falls, that thou falls which it bore,

So thou and I are nothing then, when on a diverse shore.

On a round ball

A workman that hath copies by, can lay

An Europe, Afric, and an Asia,

And quickly make that, which was nothing, all;

So doth each tear

Which thee doth wear,

A globe, yea world, by that impression grow,

Till thy tears mix'd with mine do overflow

This world; by waters sent from thee, my heaven dissolved so.

O more than moon,

Draw not up seas to drown me in thy sphere,

Weep me not dead, in thine arms, but forbear

To teach the sea what it may do too soon;

Let not the wind

Example find,

To do me more harm than it purposeth;

Since thou and I sigh one another's breath,

Whoe'er sighs most is cruellest, and hastes the other's death.


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this was very helpful for my english essay thank you!

| Posted on 2014-10-06 | by a guest

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Really great imagination by donne i and thanx to you as now i m able to know the real and clear meaning of such a great and able to know about literature

| Posted on 2014-03-11 | by a guest

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very good analysis...but it's John Donne, not Dunne

| Posted on 2009-12-03 | by a guest

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AWESOME ANALYSIS!! much appreciated. I got the gist of it, but you made it much clearer to me. thank you

| Posted on 2009-10-04 | by a guest

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Thanks a lot, the analysis you made was very helpful!

| Posted on 2009-08-20 | by a guest

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The speaker of this poem is a man or a woman saying good-bye to his or her romantic partner. It cannot always be inferred that the speaker is John Dunne, even though he is the poet; although often he is the speaker. In the first line, he asks his partner to allow him to "pour forth his tears" or cry before her. In saying the next line, he is using metaphor to say that his tears are like money (coins) in which his lover's face, which reflects in them, is "stamped" and therefore her face gives his tears value, like money. "For thus they be pregnant of thee" reinforces the fact that she is being imprinted/stamped in his tears. He explains that his tears are "fruits of much grief" or results of his saddness, but also more in that since she is present in his tears, each time a tear falls their relationship falls also, until it is less and less.

The next stanza shifts gears into another metaphor common in Dunne's poetry, that of a map. He explains how a catographer (mapmaker) creates a replica of the entire world by lying continents on a ball/globe that was originally simply a ball. Dunne goes on to apply this metaphor to his relationship saying that each of his tears, although small, combined with his lover's tears, are enough to overflow the world. In this line, Dunne uses hyperbole (exaggeration)/overstatement because this cannot actually happen. The last line of the stanza implies that "waters sent from thee" or her tears, "dissolve his heaven" in that the lovers are parting and therefore his heaven, which was his relationship with her, is being destroyed.

In the next line, Dunne mentions the moon, which pulls the current; another overstatement saying that the water produced from his lover's tears will drown him and, like the moon, pull the current to drown him in as well. He asks her not to kill him with her tears/sadness and to decline from "teaching the sea" to drown him; another metaphor telling her not to make his leave worse by her growing sadness. The last line in a way threatens the lover saying, "if you kill me, because we are one and therefore breathe each other's breath, you, too, will die."

Basically, the tone of the poem is sorrowful in that neither lover wants to leave the other and Dunne/the speaker is trying to tell his/her lover not to make the good-bye more painful by crying excessively.

| Posted on 2006-02-14 | by Approved Guest

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