The best of John Donne's poemsJohn Donne (1572-1631) was born into a Catholic family and studied law before sailing with Essex to attack Cadiz in 1596. He was appointed secretary to Sir Thomas Egerton, the Lord Keeper (later Lord Chancellor), in 1598, but forfeited his worldly prospects when he secretly married Ann More, Lady Egerton's niece, in 1601; he was dismissed by EThe best of John Donne's poemsJohn Donne (1572-1631) was born into a Catholic family and studied law before sailing with Essex to attack Cadiz in 1596. He was appointed secretary to Sir Thomas Egerton, the Lord Keeper (later Lord Chancellor), in 1598, but forfeited his worldly prospects when he secretly married Ann More, Lady Egerton's niece, in 1601; he was dismissed by Egerton and briefly imprisoned. The next twelve years or so were passed in poverty, without regular employment. He entered the Church and in 1621 was made Dean of St Paul's, where he became a renowned preacher. His first collection of poems was published posthumously in 1633....
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John Donne: Everyman's Poetry Reviews
This volume of John Donne’s poetry is titled simply by the poet’s name, is published in Kindle format in the series Everyman’s Poetry, and was selected and edited by D.J. Enright. Born in 1572 and dying in 1631, Donne was one of the major Metaphysical poets and had a career that broadly can be divided into two parts, the first part being the years before he was ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1615, the second being the years thereafter. The Metaphysical poets, of course, were known for their intricate metaphors or conceits, their poetry being involved and elaborate artifices in which common experiences were presented in often abstruse, elliptical, and highly creative imagery. This collection includes songs and sonnets from Donne’s early years as well as epithalamions, satires, and verse letters, and his later divine poems including the Holy Sonnets and longer works. Extensive end notes are included in the collection, as is a chronology of Donne’s life.An oddity of this Kindle edition is the formal presentation on the page, many of Donne’s longer lines being broken in two, requiring some creative analyzing on the reader’s part to discern the original line lengths. And poems with shorter lines were often center aligned rather than aligned along the left margin, giving a somewhat odd presentation.This is a representative selection of Donne’s work and provides a good overview of his creative output in both its character and breadth. Many of his poems will be familiar to many readers, and those relatively unfamiliar will be surprised at how many familiar phrases appear, phrases that such readers may have been unaware originate with Donne.
Just for the Holy Sonnet selection it's worthwhile.