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John Donne's World

            John Donne created a metaphysical world where everyone is connected, eternality is different from immortality, and where death has no power. In his world love is metaphysical meaning that it is out of our understanding of our physical world. In Holy Sonnet 10, it talks about how death has now power over us. The meditation starts off with "Death, be not proud, though some have called thee mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so". That means people say that Death is powerful but that is not the case. It continues to say how death cannot kill him. In line nine its says "Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,". That is saying that death doesn't choose who to kill, death is a slave to fate. The sonnet goes on to say that we give death its power. Holy Sonnet 10 also talks about that death is not a tragedy. One of the last things that the sonnet says is "we wake eternally". This is the part of the poem that brings up immortality verse eternity. Immortality is like a ray mathematically speaking. It has a beginning but it never ends. However, if it has a beginning it has an end. Eternity is like a line in math. It doesn't have a beginning therefor it doesn't have an end; it just goes on forever. "And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die." We will go to heaven and there will be no more death. .
             "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning," starts the talk about how love is metaphysical. It talks about how lustful love is fun but it is nothing compared to the real meaningful love. That love that will last a life time. A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning talks about how John Donne and his wife's love is like a compass, if one leans the other leans with it. It is like their souls are forever connected. The poem is asking his wife to not mourn because their love is golden love and he will be with her always. .
             Meditation 17 starts off with bells tolling.

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