The first two of the nine abab stanzas of “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” make up a single sentence, developing the simile of the passing of a virtuous man as compared to the love between the poet and his beloved. It is thought that Donne was in fact leaving for a long journey and wished to console and encourage his beloved wife by identifying the true strength of their bond. The point is that they are spiritually bound together regardless of the earthly distance between them.
A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning is uplifting because Donne talks of a “love so refined that ourselves know not what it is,” in other words a love so perfect it cannot be explained.
A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning Notes/ Summary/ Analysis