Selected Poetry

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Oxford University Press, 1998 - Poetry - 265 pages
John Donne (1572-1631) is perhaps the most important poet of the seventeenth century.In his day it seemed to his admirers that Donne had changed the literary universe, and he is now widely regarded as the founder of the metaphysical `school'. Donne's poetry is highly distinctive and individual, adopting a multitude of rhythms, images, forms, and personae, from irresistible seducerto devout believer. His greatness stems from the subtleties and ambivalences of tone that convey his remarkably modern awareness of the instability of the self.This collection of Donne's verse is chosen from the Oxford Authors critical edition of his major works. It includes a wide selection from his secular and divine poems, such as the rebellious and libertine satires and love elegies, the virtuoso Songs and Sonnets, and the desperate, passionate HolySonnets. John Carey's introduction and extensive notes provide valuable insights into Donne's poetic genius.
 

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Contents

Away thou fondling motley humourist i
1
Sir though I thank God for it
4
Kind pity chokes my spleen
6
Well I may now receive
9
Thou shalt not laugh
15
The Bracelet
19
To his Mistress Going to Bed
22
Jealousy
23
The Autumnal
38
Sappho to Philaenis
40
Confined Love
103
Loves Deity
116
A Lecture upon the Shadow
129
To Sir Henry Goodyer Who makes the past
131
To the Countess of Bedford at New Years Tide
137
To Sir Edward Herbert at Juliers
144

The Anagram
24
Change
25
The Perfume
26
His Picture
28
On Sir Thomas Egerton
29
Oh let me not serve so
30
Loves War
31
On his Mistress
32
Natures lay idiot
34
The Comparison
37
Elegy on Mistress Bulstrode Death I recant
150
A Funeral Elegy Tis lost to trust
156
Of the Progress of the Soul The Second Anniversary
170
Divine poems
184
of St Mary Magdalene
196
Death be not proud
202
Good Friday 1613 Riding Westward
208
Further Reading
257
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John Carey is Merton Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford. His books include the critical biography John Donne: Life, Mind and Art, as well as critical studies of Donne, Milton, Dickens, and Thackeray.

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