John Donne

John Donne was a renowned English poet, scholar, soldier, and secretary born into a Catholic family in 1572. He is considered a preeminent representative of the metaphysical poets. His works are notable for their realistic and sensual style and include sonnets, love poems, religious poems, Latin translations, epigrams, elegies, songs, and satires. He is also known for his sermons, as he became an Anglican cleric in later life. Donne's poetry is distinguished by its vibrancy of language and inventiveness of metaphor, especially in comparison to that of his contemporaries. He passed away in 1631.


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  1. 1. The Complete Poetry and Selected Prose of John Donne

    This book is a comprehensive collection of the renowned metaphysical poet's work, featuring all of his poetry and a selection of his prose. The collection includes his sensual and spiritual poems, satires, elegies, and sermons, showcasing his unique blend of intellect and emotion, wit and wisdom. The book offers readers a deep insight into the poet's complex mind and a thorough understanding of his contributions to 17th-century English literature.

    The 651st Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Devotions upon Emergent Occasions

    "Devotions upon Emergent Occasions" is a collection of meditations and prayers written by a renowned metaphysical poet during a period of severe illness. The work is divided into 23 sections, each corresponding to a specific stage of the illness. It explores themes such as mortality, spiritual faith, and the relationship between the body and the soul. The book is best known for its profound reflections on human condition and its famous line "No man is an island," emphasizing the interconnectedness of all human beings.

    The 3279th Greatest Book of All Time