Religious Poetry and Prose

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Paraclete Press, 1999 - Religion - 97 pages
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Possibly the most influential of all English poets, John Donne has left an indelible imprint on the literary world. Ernest Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls takes its title from Donne's renowned Meditation 17, and the title of John Gunther's Death Be Not Proud is borrowed from one of Donne's holy sonnets.

The poems, sermon selections, prayers, and devotions in this volume, mildly edited for the modern reader by Henry Carrigan, record the poet's struggle to reconcile the passions of the flesh with the demands of the spirit, as well as the poet's exalted love of Christ.

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It is always delightful to read and reread Donne, in his profane or spiritual aspect. Editor Carrigan has assembled a brief anthology of Donne's more familiar religious poems and a smattering of the ... Read full review


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About the author (1999)

Poet and churchman John Donne was born in London in 1572. He attended both the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, but did not receive a degree from either university. He studied law at Lincoln's Inn, London, in 1592, and was appointed private secretary to Sir Thomas Egerton, Keeper of the Great Seal, in 1598. He became an Anglican priest in 1615 and was appointed royal chaplain later that year. In 1621 he was named dean of St. Paul's Cathedral. Donne prepared for his own death by leaving his sickbed to deliver his own funeral sermon, "Death's Duel", and then returned home to have a portrait of himself made in his funeral shroud. He died in London on March 31, 1631.

HENRY L. CARRIGAN, Jr., is the Editorial Director at Trinity Press International, the academic imprint of the Morehouse Publishing Group. He has published numerous book reviews in Library Journal, Washington Post Book World, Christian Century, and Publishers Weekly.

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