A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning

As virtuous men pass mildly away,
And whisper to their souls, to go,
Whilst some of their sad friends do say,
'The breath goes now,' and some say, 'No:'

by John Donne Click to read full poem

Comments about A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning

Sukla 20 Feb 2019 07:07
Great love poem
Ram Kishore 10 May 2018 12:02
Irritating voice...
Gangadharan Nair Pulingat 05 Sep 2014 11:27
Marriage between two minds, two individuals is a very important relationship upto the end of life most of the circumstances. Love is important thing for a marriage relation. Here the poet beautifully made a poem of the different aspects of life and even the death situation which it is made so beautiful and at the same time make sad emotions in the mind which is a positiveness of the poem. Making others feel through a poem as if it is a genuine life situation is not so bad. I very much liked the poem as a reader and also felt.
Dr Aslam 19 Feb 2014 05:27
love is immortal.... ah john donne....grt poet of the world... king of metaphysical poems.....
Anastasia Markova 05 Sep 2013 05:10
Nice! The style is pretty well.
Kevin Straw 05 Sep 2012 11:59
What Donne elevates in this poem is the marriage of true minds. A relationship based on sensual attraction is vulnerable to absence, but a relationship based on a love which is not dependent on the senses is stronger. What a pity that those who give such a poem low marks cannot be asked to justify themselves.
E Backus 04 Jun 2012 03:50
Though the distance away from one another seems surmountable and the speaker - due to the gravity of the beloved - ends where I begun, isn't it sad that carrying out the full conceit means the two lovers will never meet? The speaker relies on the beloved for a reference point, but as a compass, they will act like repelling magnets, influencing each other's movements but never touching.: (
Francis X. Burns 17 Apr 2012 05:44
One of the masterworks of English poetry, the epitome of the metaphysical style. Period.
Mary Valva 15 Jan 2012 08:53
Why can't I print this poem?
Ramesh T A 05 Sep 2011 04:37
Metaphysical poems of John Donne are well known in literary circle. The imagery of compass expressing the idea of two lovers in union is wonderful indeed!
Kevin Straw 05 Sep 2009 04:49
I remember first reading JD and, without understanding fully what I was reading, becoming transfixed by the poetry. My first league poets are Shakespeare, Donne and Blake.
Emily Oldham 21 Jun 2009 05:22
I just love Donne'/s style of writing... this poem is amazing.
Margaret Carruthers 05 Sep 2008 04:50
A beautiful, soulful, spiritual poem full of truth that is not often acknowledged. So thought provoking.
Dorothy Healy 05 Sep 2007 01:07
I think this beautiful poem is very sad. When the spiritual and the physical join, that is sustenance, the perfect golden circle.
Marina R 19 Jan 2007 10:17
This poem is beautifuly written. Donnes idea of love on a spiritual level rather than on a physical one is an idea that I feel should be shared with the world.