Sunday Poem 2

I think this is one of the most beautiful love poems ever written; I was going to give you an extract but actually I think the Wartime Housewife’s followers can manage the whole thing!

A Valediction : forbidding mourning by John Donne

As virtuous man pass mildly away,
And whisper to their soules, to goe,
Whilst some of their sad friends doe say,
The breath goes now, and some say, noe:

 So let us melt, and make no noise,
No teare-floods, nor sigh-tempests move,
T’were prophanation of our joys
To tell the layetie our love.

Moving of th’earth brings harmes and feares,
Men reckon what it did and meant,
But trepidation of the spheres,
Though greater far, is innocent.

Dull sublunary lovers love
(Whose soul is sense) cannor admit
Absence, because it doth remove
Those things which elemented it.

But we by a love, so much refin’d,
That our selves know not what it is,
Inter-assured of the mind,
Care lesse, eyes, lips, and hands to misse.

Our two souls therefore, which are one,
Though I must goe, endure not yet
A breach, but an expansion,
Like gold to ayery thinnesse beate.

If they be two, they are two so
As stiff twin compasses are two,
Thy soule the fix’d foot, makes no show
To move, but doth, if the’other doe.

And though it in the center sit,
Yet when the other far doth rome,
It leanes, and hearkens after it,
And grows erect, as that comes home.

Such wilt though be to mee, who must
Like the’other foot, obliquely runne;
Thy firmness makes my circle just,
And makes me end, where I begunne.

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2 responses to “Sunday Poem 2

  1. wonderful.
    just wondering – do you find it difficult to write in such an old-timey manner?

    • wartimehousewife

      Welcome to the family Mr Bell! I’m so glad you liked the John Donne, he’s one of the poets I always turn to in moments of uncertainty. I will try to put a really good variety of poems on the blog – old, familiar, funny, new or a bit difficult. I loved the recent quote from Andrew Motion “Poetry is difficult. Get over it”.

      I’m afraid to say that this writing style comes completely naturally but is obviously pitched to reflect the character of the site. I find it more difficult to express serious ideas and ethics without appearing to preach – preaching converts no-one in my experience! Do hope to hear from you again.

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