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An Analysis of Some of my Favourite Poems by John Donne


John Donne was a convert to the Established Church from Catholicism and was eventually persuaded to become a clergyman by James I, and also by the fact that he had no job!  5,788 more words


The Good-Morrow by John Donne

I wonder by my troth, what thou, and I
Did, till we lov’d? were we not wean’d till then?
But suck’d on country pleasures, childishly? 155 more words


46 John Donne - best known of the Metaphysical poets

After the splendor of the Elizabethan dramatists, we return now to pure poetry. And the first of the poets I will examine in these last few essays is still much read and admired, despite not being always easy to understand. 1,371 more words


an everywhere (a valentine)

“For love, all love of other sights controls,

And makes one little room an everywhere.”

                                — John Donne, The Good Morrow

I spoke these lines to John when I married him in 1979.

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When I Awoke

Waking up to reality can be a cold splash in the face or a more subtle realization, as if you have been fighting your way through cotton cobwebs that never end and suddenly, you are as Dorothy in the… 504 more words


'Two Better Hemispheres'.

This poster communicates some realisations from a project in which I investigated how John Donne portrays heaven. Slightly unconventional way of publishing literary results – a poster was a project requirement – but it was fun to involve images and connect with St Paul’s Cathedral and St Andrews’ Special Collections.  40 more words

Renaissance Poetry