Selected Poetry

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Oxford University Press, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 265 pages
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"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 seducer to 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 Holy Sonnets. John Carey's introduction and extensive notes provide valuable insights into Donne's poetic genius."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Away thou fondling motley humourist
Sir though I thank God for it
Kind pity chokes my spleen

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John Carey is Merton Professor of English Literature at Oxford University.

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