Poetry Of John Donne
A central figure of the 17th century metaphysical movement, John Donne is considered one of the greatest poets in the English language. Written nearly 400 years ago, his verse speaks to us as directly and passionately as if the poet were whispering in our ear. His poems are animated by an intoxicating use of metaphor and imagery - see, for example, The Flea or A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning. Reflecting his life story, his work traces a course from romance and erotica through satire to devotional verse. This splendid collection includes songs, sonnets, elegies, epithalamia, satires and devotional poems.
John Donne, (born sometime between Jan. 24 and June 19, 1572, London, Eng.—died March 31, 1631, London), 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 the 17th century.