Thus through a series of conceits, Done attempts to invoices his wife that the love between them transcends the physical realm, Is equivalent to perfection, and Is unlike the plebeian relationships of ordinary people. Done begins his contention that their love Is metaphysical by comparing his departure to that of a virtuous man parting from the physical world. Done argues that the there Is no reason to mourn for the departure, as It Is equivalent to when “virtuous men pass mildly away’ (line 1).
According to Done, the virtuous man has secured happiness in the afterlife, and thus his parting Is without sadness. By the name token, Done believes that there is no reason to mourn when two lovers part, as the assurance of true love holds regardless of whether they are together physically. Subsequently, Done compares his parting as a “melt”inning (line 5), or simply a change in state. In the same way that melting is only a change in the form of an element, he argues that their parting only changes the form in which their love is conveyed, but not the composition of their love.
Later on, their love is compared to the “trepidation of the spheres” (line 1 1), or the orbit of planets. Done uses this imprison to show that their relationship is always steady and predictable, no matter what happens on the “spheres” below. By using these three metaphors, Done argues that the love between him and his wife can never be broken by what events happen in the physical, for their love is guaranteed.
After stating that their love is metaphysical, Done goes to argue that their love has also reached a point of perfection.
This argument resides in the comparison of their love to circles, the perfect shape in Aristotelian philosophy. During the Elizabethan Age, scholars such as Done viewed circles as perfect shapes. This idea stemmed from the Greek philosophy that the circle represented the heavens; the path along a circle being eternal. In the third stanza when Done compares the fears and harms of earthquakes to the “trepidation of the spheres”, Done is viewing their love as equivalent to perfection.
Later, Donna’s comparison In the seventh stanza concludes his poem when he compares the love between he and his wife to “staff twin compasses” (line 26). Done Is referring to the mathematical compass, with two feet. One leg of the compass is represented by “the fixed foot” (line bib and Is the center egg. The other foot is the traveling foot of the compass. Because the two lovers are the legs of the compass, Done argues that the love between them Is a perfect circle. By referencing to Greek philosophy, Done equates the “circular” love between him and his wife as perfection.
All of Donna’s characterizations of his love contribute to the argument that the love between him and his wife Is unlike the love of ordinary people. Done seems to look down upon their relationships, comparing them to the “norms Ana Tears” (line Y) AT earthquakes. I Nils Is In stark contrast to Nils comparison f his love to the heavens. Because of this discrepancy, Done views the difference between his love and the relationships of ordinary people as the difference between heaven and earth.
After making this comparison, Done goes on to say that mourning represents “Dull sublunary lovers’ love” (1 3), that grief for the absence of a person means your relationship is shallow. Done believes that their love is much more than that, “a love so much refined” and so that they should not express grief like the love of the sublunary lovers. Done essentially proclaims that their love is so refined that hey themselves “know not what it is”, and that it will not fall into the same fate as the love of others.
In A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning, Done attempts to assure his wife that their love will not be broken because it is unlike the love of ordinary people. By using a series of metaphors, he first convinces his wife their love is special and then uses that to argue why their love will not share the fate of “dull sublunary lovers’ love”. Whether this was a piece on true love or simply a persuasive poem, Donna’s use of conceits effectively argues that no Journey can break the love between him and his wife.