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  1. John Donne

    John Donne ( / dʌn / DUN; 1571 or 1572 [a] - 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. [2] Under Royal Patronage, he was made Dean of St Paul's Cathedral in London (1621-1631). [1] He is considered the preeminent representative of the ...

  2. John Donne

    John Donne (born sometime between Jan. 24 and June 19, 1572, London, Eng.—died March 31, 1631, London) was a leading English poet of the Metaphysical school and dean of St. Paul's Cathedral, London (1621-31). Donne is often considered the greatest love poet in the English language. He is also noted for his religious verse and treatises and for his sermons, which rank among the best of ...

  3. A New Biography of John Donne, Reviewed

    When Izaak Walton wrote the first, brief biography of Donne, in 1640, his focus was on the religious evolution that led the poet to take holy orders around the time that he turned forty-three. The ...

  4. John Donne

    John Donne, leading English poet of the Metaphysical school, is often considered the greatest loved poet in the English language.

  5. John Donne

    John Donne. The English writer and Anglican cleric John Donne is considered now to be the preeminent metaphysical poet of his time. He was born in 1572 to Roman Catholic parents, when practicing that religion was illegal in England. His work is distinguished by its emotional and sonic intensity and its capacity to plumb the paradoxes of faith ...

  6. John Donne: Biography

    John Donne 1572-1631. John Donne must be one of the most interesting writers who ever lived, both as a poet and a man. His life was a colourful adventure and his poems are significant feats of language. A Jacobean writer, more or less a contemporary of Shakespeare, Fletcher and Webster, but very distant from those theatre writers, both ...

  7. John Donne: The Master of the Metaphysical

    John Donne was a 16th-century English metaphysical poet and cleric. Donne's works explored themes of love, religion, and mortality.

  8. The infinite art of John Donne

    The infinite art of John Donne. His life was blighted by poverty, but his poetry made exhilarating connections between sex, faith and death. The last thing that keeps contemporary Anglican preachers awake at night is the risk of serious injury resulting from the crush of people in their congregations. As Katherine Rundell reminds us in this ...

  9. About John Donne

    His learned, charismatic, and inventive preaching made him a highly influential presence in London. Best known for his vivacious, compelling style and thorough examination of mortal paradox, John Donne died in London on March 31, 1631. John Donne - The poet John Donne is known as the founder of the Metaphysical Poets, which included George ...

  10. John Donne: The Reformed Soul: A Biography

    John Donne: The Reformed Soul: A Biography. John Stubbs. W. W. Norton & Company, Nov 17, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 592 pages. "Elegantly written, psychologically and historically astute."—Los Angeles Times Book Review. From scholar to buccaneer, from outcast to establishment figure, John Donne emerged as one of the greatest English ...

  11. John Donne: The Reformed Soul: A Biography

    Following Donne from Plague-ridden streets to palaces, from taverns to the pulpit of St Paul's, John Stubbs's "exemplary literary biography" (Harold Bloom) is a vivid portrait of an extraordinary writer and his country at a time of bewildering and cruel transformation.

  12. The Enigma of John Donne

    Racy, profane, and spiritual, the Metaphysical poet has remained a mystery to generations of readers. Death mark of the poet John Donne, engraved by Martin Droeshout, London 1632. (Photo by ...

  13. John Donne: The Reformed Soul: A Biography

    John Donne—born in 1572, at the outset of the most politically tumultuous and religiously violent era in English history—searched throughout his life for passage to a continent, to find a homeland, to involve himself, as he put it, in mankind. Beginning life as a secular Catholic, Donne ended it as a pious Protestant priest; a dissolute ...

  14. John Donne summary

    John Donne, (born c. Jan. 24-June 19, 1572, London, Eng.—died March 31, 1631, London), English poet. Donne was born into a Roman Catholic family. He entered the University of Oxford at age 12; he later transferred to the University of Cambridge and subsequently studied law. An adventurer in youth, he hoped for a high public appointment, but ...

  15. John Donne Biography

    Biography. PDF Cite Share. Born into a prosperous Roman Catholic family in 1572, John Donne was educated by Jesuits before he entered Oxford and then later studied at Cambridge, and scholars find ...

  16. John Donne

    John Donne's Works. Best Poems: Some of the best poems he has written includes: "Go and Catch a Falling Star", " The Good Morrow ", " A Valediction Forbidding Mourning ", "The Canonization", " For Whom the Bell Tolls ", "Death Be Not Proud" and "Sunne Rising.". Letters: Although he wrote many love poems and holy ...

  17. John Donne's Unlovable, Irresistible Poetry

    The Unlovable, Irresistible John Donne. The Elizabethan poet was a mystic in bed and a mystic in the pulpit. By James Parker. Illustration by Paul Spella. Source: Bettmann / Getty; Heritage Images ...

  18. John Donne

    DONNE, JOHN (1572 - 1631), English poet and divine. Donne was born in London sometime between 24 January and 19 June 1572, the son of John Donne, an ironmonger, and Elizabeth, daughter of the epigrammatist and playwright John Heywood and the great-niece of Sir Thomas More. Donne's mother's family were staunch Roman Catholics: his maternal ...

  19. Biography of John Donne

    Explore the fascinating life and works of John Donne, the renowned metaphysical poet, in this in-depth biography. From his birth in London in 1572 to his rise as a master of conceit, learn about ...

  20. John Donne: Biography and literary works

    A Jacobean poet and preacher/churchman famous for his spellbinding sermons, the most outstanding of the English Metaphysical Poets.

  21. John Donne

    John Donne (1572-1631) was the most outstanding of the English Metaphysical Poets and a churchman famous for his spellbinding sermons. Donne was born in London to a prominent Roman Catholic family but converted to Anglicanism during the 1590s. At the age of 11 he entered the University of Oxford, where he studied for three years.

  22. John Donne Biography

    Biography of. John Donne. John Donne was born in London in 1572 into the family of the successful and wealthy ironmonger John Donne. His mother, Elizabeth Heywood, was descended from the family of Sir Thomas More. Elizabeth was an accomplished literary woman, the author of epigrams and interludes, although she did not live long enough to teach ...

  23. John Donne's Literary Style and Short Biography

    Read our detailed notes on the literary style of John Donne. Our notes also cover a short biography of John Donne.