BL2 Donne Val Weeping ws.doc - School-One

British Literature II
Poetry Worksheet
A Valediction of Weeping
John Donne
What is the situation occurring to “inspire” this poem?
What is doing saying that is complex but beautiful about his tears in the first stanza?
What is done saying about the tears and the situation in the last three lines of stanza one?
What is Donne’s complex idea, including a complex comparison, in the second stanza?
What is the simple message of the final stanza, and what what is Donne’s elaborate and somewhat
fantastical reasoning for it?