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(24 January 1572 - 31 March 1631 / London, England)

John Donne
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John Donne was an English poet, satirist, lawyer and priest. He is considered the pre-eminent representative of the metaphysical poets. His works are noted for their strong, sensual style and include sonnets, love poetry, religious poems, Latin translations, epigrams, elegies, songs, satires and sermons. His poetry is noted for its vibrancy of language and inventiveness of metaphor, especially compared to that of his contemporaries. Donne's style is characterised by abrupt openings and various paradoxes, ironies and dislocations. These features, along with his frequent dramatic or everyday speech rhythms, his tense syntax and his tough eloquence, were both a reaction against the smoothness ... more »

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  • On a round ball
    A workman that hath copies by, can lay
    An Europe, Afric, and an Asia,
    And quickly make that, which was nothing, all;
    So doth each tear,
    Which thee do...
    John Donne (1572-1631), British poet. A Valediction: Of Weeping (l. 10-18). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Ker...
  • ''Batter my heart, three-personed God;''
    John Donne (1572-1631), British poet. Batter my heart three-personed God (Holy Sonnets). . . The Complete English Poems [John Donne]. A. J. Smith,...
  • ''Divorce me, untie, or break that knot again,
    Take me to you, imprison me, for I
    Except you enthral me, never shall be free,
    Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.''
    John Donne (1572-1631), British poet. Batter my heart three-personed God (Holy Sonnets). . . The Complete English Poems [John Donne]. A. J. Smith,...
  • Actually, if my business was legitimate, I would deduct a substantial percentage for depreciation of my body.
    Contemplative and bookish men must of necessitie be more quarrelsome than others, b...
    John Donne (c. 1572-1631), British divine, metaphysical poet, Robin Moore, and Yvonne Dunleavy. repr. In Complete Poetry and Selected Prose, ed. John ...
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  • Punky Daly John (1/10/2013 4:45:00 PM)

    i read this John Donne Poems in Chapters only once with inner peace music

  • Grace Bunton (10/22/2012 9:54:00 PM)

    You forgot to mention that the first 2 stanzas of Go: and Catch a Falling Star were used in Diana Wynne Jones' book Howl's Moving Castle

  • Shahzeb Azhar (5/16/2012 6:14:00 AM)

    Hi i don't like poems or story acording to love

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