The Love Poems of John Donne

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His poetry is noted for its vibrancy of language and inventiveness of metaphor, especially compared to that of his contemporaries.

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Donne's style is characterised by abrupt openings and various paradoxes, ironies and dislocations. These features, along with his frequent dramatic or everyday speech rhythms, his tense syntax and his tough eloquence, were both a reaction against the smoothness In the chapter on Abraham Cowley in his Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets —81 , Samuel Johnson refers to the beginning of the seventeenth century in which there appeared a race of writers that may be termed the metaphysical poets.

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This does not necessarily imply that he intended metaphysical to be used in its true sense, in that he was probably referring to a witticism of John Dryden, who said of John Donne: He affects the metaphysics, not only in his satires, but in his amorous verses, where nature only should reign; and perplexes the minds of the fair sex with nice speculations of philosophy, when he should engage their hearts, and entertain them with the softnesses of love.

Cowley has copied him to a fault. Not enjoying poems on love seems a great sadness, I'd like to quote that Love is never wasted, even when it doesn't last, lines by Panmelys a new member, myself. John Donne is a great favorite and brings much joy to many, this is greatness. Like many others in this period, it's amazing how modern they seem, in spite of the gabs between epochs.

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The real author appears to be Xaviera Hollander. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less. Body and soul should not be seen as separate entities, but two complementary elements, both of which are essential in order for true love to be possible. It comes with very useful annotations and an informative introduction.

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John Donne , public domain. Death Be Not Proud is one of my favorite poems. I used it in my latest finished story, and recently saw a similar review on how it could be taken. Thanks for this great summary. Not wanting to become undone I prefer to defer the deeper meanings to possible college profs.

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About interestingliterature A blog dedicated to rooting out the interesting stuff about classic books and authors. Cara February 23, at 3: Brilliant selection — Donne has one of the most unique views and voices on love.

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