A new selection spanning the breadth of Donne’s verse
One of England’s preeminent poets, John Donne’s poems are among the most passionate, profound, and spiritual in the English language. This rich representation reflects the wide diversity of his poetry. From such witty items as “The Flea,” which transforms the image of a louse into something marvelous, to the intimate and intense Holy Sonnets, Donne breathed new vigor into poetry by drawing lucid and often startling metaphors from the world in which he lived.
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John Donne was born into a Catholic family in 1572. After a conventional education at Hart Hall, Oxford, and Lincoln’s Inn, he took part in the Earl of Essex’s expedition to the Azores in 1597. He secretly married Anne More… More about John Donne