The poem A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning is written by John Donne. When the poem is read a question arises. What are the qualities of the man in the poem like between himself and his wife? It is clearly evident that one of the main qualities between the two is true love. Line 21 proves this statement true.
“Our two souls which are one,” Line 21 Throughout the poem it mentions the number two a lot because it is talking about two people in love internally related to death. As one person dies there is so much to be missed. “Care less, eyes, lips and hands to miss.” Line 20. Though death is the theme of the poem, in one way or another, a circle is mentioned.
This circle resembles reincarnation in my opinion. “Thy firmness makes my circle just, / And makes me end where I begun.” Lines 35-36. Back to the beginning of this response, what are the qualities between the man and his wife? They share the same soul and mind supposedly. They seem to share everything in common; a sense of understanding of each other even in death. It seems as though they love each other very deeply and would miss each other very much if one of the two were to die; however, it seen throughout the poem that they will be able to go on in one sense or another. Even in death they love each other and are watching over each other.
In conclusion to this response, the qualities shared between the man and his lover is true love, understanding and commitment. The reason why this is stated is because death is a big thing to deal with. It is not a commitment but and end to everything, it seems as though in this poem that love continues on as they need each other to live. They are one soul shared by two people. True love is a very strong quality left unspoken..
Compare and Contrast "Sonnet XVIII" (Shakespeare) with "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" (Donne) in terms of meaning, tone and style. Conclude by saying which you prefer and why. John Donne's "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning," and Shakespeare's "Sonnet XVIII" depict love in extremely different ways. John Donne explores the power of the connection between his, and his lover's souls, whereas ...