Synopsis of Valediction: Forbidding Mourning

A valediction is a leave-taking. It is generally thought this poem refers to a voyage Donne made in 1612 in a bid to further his career. It is one of a number of valedictions he wrote, and is probably the best known of them, though A Valediction: of Weeping is as fine a poem. At the other extreme, we have Elegie XVI: On his Mistris, which is more of a joke than anything.

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