In what four ways does the speaker compare that situation in stanzas one through nine in "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning"?
Donne's metaphysical conceit in "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" only comes into play in the final three of the nine stanzas. Donne uses a total of four comparisons in the poem, one of which is the conceit that involves the legs of a compass.
Here are the four comparisons, stated directly for you:
- Separation of death compared with separation when one lover leaves another (stanzas one & two). Let we two lovers not cry or sigh, but keep our separation to ourselves. The idea is that to speak loosely about their feelings is to lose them.
- Movement of the earth draws attention to itself, yet movement among the stars, which is movement of far more importance, goes unnoticed (stanzas three-five). Their love is like the movement of the stars. It doesn't need to draw attention to itself to be monumental. They don't need to cry or make a show of their separation.
- Their love does not suffer a breach, or break, but experiences an expansion: like gold that is beaten...
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