Essay heading: "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" by John Donne

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The power of these two forces is such that it is useless to cry and weep, because if true it they are stronger than any divide could be. Donne seems to suggest that the experience in separating for those who are of a "refined love" is a positive one. Although we commonly associate separation with sorrow and despair, he seems to associate it with strength and greatness...
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In this separation their love is expanded, it grows and travels around the globe with them. He implies this experience of separation through his metaphor of "gold to airy thinness beat." In the experience of separation their love is worked and expanded. The compass metaphor seems to suggest also that the two lovers gather their strength from one another, as the one foot stays planted ensuring which "makes my circle just...
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