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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- No Man Is An Island
- Death Be Not Proud
- For whom the Bell Tolls
- A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
- A Hymn To God The Father
- Air And Angels
- Confined Love
- A Lame Beggar
- The Sun Rising
- Good Morrow
- Go and Catch a Falling Star
- A Burnt Ship
- A Fever
- The Flea
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On a round ballJohn Donne (1572-1631), British poet. A Valediction: Of Weeping (l. 10-18). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Ker...
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...
''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,John Donne (1572-1631), British poet. Batter my heart three-personed God (Holy Sonnets). . . The Complete English Poems [John Donne]. A. J. Smith,...
Take me to you, imprison me, for I
Except you enthral me, never shall be free,
Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.''
Actually, if my business was legitimate, I would deduct a substantial percentage for depreciation of my body.John Donne (c. 1572-1631), British divine, metaphysical poet, Robin Moore, and Yvonne Dunleavy. repr. In Complete Poetry and Selected Prose, ed. John ...
Contemplative and bookish men must of necessitie be more quarrelsome than others, b...
Whensoever any affliction assails me, me thinks I have the keyes of my prison in mine owne hand, and no remedy presents it selfe so soone to my heart, as mine own sword. Often meditation of this hath ...John Donne (c. 1572-1631), British divine, metaphysical poet. repr. In Complete Poetry and Selected Prose, ed. John Hayward (1929). Biathanatos, prefa...
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