John Donne : The Poetry Foundation : Find Poems and Poets. Discover Poetry. John Donne's standing as a great English poet, and one of the greatest writers of English prose, is now assured.
However, it has been confirmed only in the present century. The history of Donne's reputation is the most remarkable of any major writer in English; no other body of great poetry has fallen so far from favor for so long and been generally condemned as inept and crude. In Donne's own day his poetry was highly prized among the small circle of his admirers, who read it as it was circulated in manuscript, and in his later years he gained wide fame as a preacher. For some thirty years after his death successive editions of his verse stamped his powerful influence upon English poets. During the Restoration his writing went out of fashion and remained so for several centuries. In the first two decades of the twentieth century Donne's poetry was decisively rehabilitated. Let sea-discoverers to new worlds have gone, Let maps to others, worlds on worlds have shown, John Donne Society - Welcome.
John Donne. The Life of John Donne (1572-1631) John Donne was born in Bread Street, London in 1572 to a prosperous Roman Catholic family - a precarious thing at a time when anti-Catholic sentiment was rife in England.
His father, John Donne, was a well-to-do ironmonger and citizen of London. Donne's father died suddenly in 1576, and left the three children to be raised by their mother, Elizabeth, who was the daughter of epigrammatist and playwright John Heywood and a relative of Sir Thomas More. [Family tree.] Donne's first teachers were Jesuits. At the age of 11, Donne and his younger brother Henry were entered at Hart Hall, University of Oxford, where Donne studied for three years. In 1593, Donne's brother Henry died of a fever in prison after being arrested for giving sanctuary to a proscribed Catholic priest. Having inherited a considerable fortune, young "Jack Donne" spent his money on womanizing, on books, at the theatre, and on travels.
Donne was beginning a promising career. 1 Epton, Nina. Article citation: Jokinen, Anniina. The Works of John Donne. Complete - Luminarium Editions The Flea The Good-Morrow Song : Go and catch a falling star Woman's Constancy The Undertaking The Sun Rising The Indifferent Love's Usury The Canonization The Triple Fool Lovers' Infiniteness Song : Sweetest love, I do not go The Legacy A Fever Air and Angels Break of Day [Another of the same] [Break of Day] The Anniversary A Valediction of my Name, in the Window Twickenham Garden Valediction to his Book Community Love's Growth Love's Exchange Confined Love The Dream A Valediction of Weeping Love's Alchemy The Curse The Message A Nocturnal upon Saint Lucy's Day Witchcraft by a Picture The Bait The Apparition The Broken Heart A Valediction Forbidding Mourning The Ecstacy Love's Deity Love's Diet The Will The Funeral The Blossom The Primrose The Relic The Damp The Dissolution A Jet Ring Sent Negative Love The Prohibition The Expiration The Computation The Paradox Song: Soul's joy, now I am gone Farewell to Love A Lecture Upon the Shadow A Dialogue Between Sir Henry Wotton and Mr.
John Donne. John Donne - Biography and Works. 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. According to some accounts, he spent the next three years at the University of Cambridge but took no degree at either university. He began the study of law at Lincoln's Inn, London, in 1592, and he seemed destined for a legal or diplomatic career. Donne was appointed private secretary to Sir Thomas Egerton, Keeper of the Great Seal, in 1598. Donne's principal literary accomplishments during this period were Divine Poems (1607) and the prose work Biathanatos (c. 1608, posthumously published 1644), a half-serious extenuation of suicides, in which he argued that suicide is not intrinsically sinful.
The above biography is copyrighted.