A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning Questions and Answers
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Justify the tittle of the poem "A Valediction Forbidding Mourning."

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The word "valediction" means a goodbye or farewell, coming from the Latin "vale" for "be well" and "dict" for "say," so, a speech that says "be well." The poem says goodbye to a lover, but it "forbids mourning" because the speaker is telling his lover not to grieve for him. He says "so let us melt / And make no noise / No tear-floods nor sigh-tempests move." He doesn't want dramatic grieving with big sighs and floods of tears. This is because he doesn't want to display their feelings for each other to everyone, which he explains using a religious metaphor : "'twere profanation of our joys / To tell the laity our love." He says that as opposed to an ordinary, "dull" love that "cannot admit absence," their love is deeper, existing on the level of the mind rather than the senses. It binds...

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