John Donne

Donne, painted by [[Isaac Oliver]] John Donne ( ; (1571 or 1572 – 31 March 1631) was an English poet, scholar, soldier and secretary born into a recusant family, who later became a cleric in the Church of England. Under royal patronage, he was made Dean of St Paul's Cathedral in London (1621–1631). He is considered the preeminent representative of the metaphysical poets. His poetical works are noted for their metaphorical and sensual style and include sonnets, love poems, religious poems, Latin translations, epigrams, elegies, songs and satires. He is also known for his sermons.

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 of conventional Elizabethan poetry and an adaptation into English of European baroque and mannerist techniques. His early career was marked by poetry that bore immense knowledge of English society. Another important theme in Donne's poetry is the idea of true religion, something that he spent much time considering and about which he often theorised. He wrote secular poems as well as erotic and love poems. He is particularly famous for his mastery of metaphysical conceits.

Despite his great education and poetic talents, Donne lived in poverty for several years, relying heavily on wealthy friends. He spent much of the money he inherited during and after his education on womanising, literature, pastimes and travel. In 1601, Donne secretly married Anne More, with whom he had twelve children. In 1615 he was ordained Anglican deacon and then priest, although he did not want to take holy orders and only did so because the king ordered it. He served as a member of Parliament in 1601 and in 1614. Provided by Wikipedia
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    by Donne, John, 1572-1631
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    by Donne, John, 1572-1631
    Published 1933
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    by Donne, John, 1572-1631
    Published 1990
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    by Donne, John, 1572-1631
    Published 1987
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    by Donne, John, 1572-1631
    Published 1978
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    by Donne, John, 1572-1631
    Published 1977
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    by Donne, John, 1572-1631
    Published 1974
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    by Donne, John, 1572-1631
    Published 1975
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    by Donne, John, 1572-1631
    Published 1977
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    by Donne, John, 1572-1631
    Published 1929
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    by Donne, John, 1572-1631
    Published 1952
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    by Donne, John, 1572-1631
    Published 1931
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    by Donne, John, 1572-1631
    Published 1933
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