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Analysis Of A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning By John Donne

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Why do people try to sexually seduce someone? Leo Tolstoy once said, “I think… if it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are heart.” Men epically try to win a woman’s heart by seducing her with meaningful words or by impressing her with his poetic language. John Donne wrote two poems that seduce women, but one is not as successful as he wants it to be; “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” is romantic and poetic; however, “A Flea” is not as effective for winning a women’s heart. The poem, “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning,” has incredible wording. Donne is trying to explain to his wife that their love is much greater than physical love, and they are also conjoined in the mind. Some of the words he uses are “a love so much refined” and other enhance language like “two souls” to ease his wife when he is away. He is trying to calm his wife…show more content…
The tone of the poem helps him make his statement come across. The tone is settling in the beginning, but at the end he becomes concern for his chances. Donne uses the words “cruel” and “sudden” on the death of the flea as a symbol of the death of his chances. He argues that the flea whom has bit him and the woman, he is seducing, should participate in making love because their blood is already combine inside the flea. His wording in this poem tries to convince this lady that their blood has already mingle in this flea, so they should just make love. However, the woman he is trying to seduce thought he is out of his mind and kills the flea. The reader can see that he is trying to make excuses to make love to her. Donne keeps saying that their love making will not be looked down upon, which it will. Donne says in the poem, “A sin, nor shame, nor loss of maidenhead, / Yet this enjoys before it woo, / And pampered swells with one blood made of two, / And this, alas, is more than we would do”
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