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"Dull sublunary lovers' love --Whose soul is sense--cannot admit Of absence, 'cause it doth remove The thing which elemented it" (Donne). It's the very nature of this metaphysical conceit: to eliminate itself from the world of the tangible yet project an image far more moving than its ideology. It is to go over and beyond the planet of the immediate, to surpass the physical and remain bound to its source, its contrast, while floating at the dreamy ether. The quotation featured above serves as an accurate explanation for what threads compose the complex weave of conceit: only earthly expertise, pure sense and reason, cannot understand exactly what, its own, physical body is not present. Though weathering considerable assails for its usage--mocked for being esoterically confusing and flowery--John Donne, has been a prominent figure one of the seventeenth century metaphysical poets. Of the many poems of John Donne, A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning provides a rich array of metaphysical conceit, attesting to the beauty and depth that totaled Donne as a literary giant. The poem, on the surface, is an extraordinary tale of unconquerable love. This poem, as well, operates on two distinct levels: it establishes the conditions, metaphorically speaking, and that the love and his lover are in while rebelling against the complete definitiveness of passing. It would appear the two fans depicted inside this lament are forced apart. The speaker, however, obstinately maintains that though the 2 lovers are different by physical space "they are two therefore, as stiff twin compasses are two" (Donne). Both legs of the distance signify the two lovers. They are as you, conjoined by a central focus just as the two legs of a compass match; that joint where they a.. .