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John Donne: Collected Poetry
John Donne: Collected Poetry | John Donne
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Regarded by many as the greatest of the Metaphysical poets, John Donne (1572-1631) was also among the most intriguing figures of the Elizabethan age. A sensualist who composed erotic and playful love poetry in his youth, he was raised a Catholic but later became one of the most admired Protestant preachers of his time. The Collected Poetry reflects this wide diversity, and includes his youthful songs and sonnets, epigrams, elegies, letters, satires, and the profoundly moving Divine Poems composed towards the end of his life. From joyful poems such as 'The Flea', which transforms the image of a louse into something marvellous, to the intimate and intense Holy Sonnets, Donne breathed new vigour into poetry by drawing lucid and often startling metaphors from the world in which he lived. His poems remain among the most passionate, profound and spiritual in the English language.
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Our storm is past, and that storm‘s tyrannous rage,
A stupid calm, but nothing it, doth ‘suage.
The fable is inverted, and far more
A block afflicts, now, than a stork before.
Storms chafe, and soon wear out themselves, or us;
In calms, Heaven laughs to see us languish thus.

#calm #poetrymatters @TheSpineView

TheSpineView 😍😍😍 4mo
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Recently I've been reading Donne. I don't generally go for poetry but a friend of mine once suggested me for Donne, that I would like it.
I really found the collection quite interesting. It's the poet's strange yet fascinating use metaphysical conceits and his subtle sense of presentation of the temperament of the age fused with his personal issues.
It establishes the relationship between the personal and the universal.

Enjoyed it thoroughly.

Lcsmcat He‘s one of my favorite poets! I‘m glad you like his work too. 12mo
rhea_reads11 Yeah, i liked it. 12mo
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I first read John Donne in a 17th-century British lit class in college and really enjoyed his work. I mean, who wouldn't be charmed by a metaphysical erotic poem used as an elaborate pick-up line, with the flea as a symbol of #love and lust? 😂

#PoetryMatters @LazyDays

TrishB My daughters just done this poem and hated it. Described it as a horrible pick up line from some pervy old guy using an insect to try and charm you!!! Pretty much your description! (edited) 1y
batsy @TrishB I honestly can't argue with that 😂😂 1y
Billypar I guess this is proof that pervy guys today are really slacking with their lines.😹 1y
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saresmoore HA! What @Billypar said! 1y
GhostStories I felt the same! 1y
batsy @Billypar @saresmoore I mean if they're not coming up with "And in this flea our two bloods mingle be" are they even trying ? 1y
batsy @GhostStories 👍🏽👍🏽 1y
merelybookish Oh dear, I was frightened away from Donne in high school. Still haven't recovered. 😬 1y
batsy @merelybookish I would have been too! I think Donne is too much for us at that age 😅 1y
Bertha_Mason I like the one where he said he wasn't turning his back on Jesus to walk away, but so that Jesus could spank or whip him. Randy old goat. 🤣 1y
Bertha_Mason "Good Friday, 1613. Riding Westward." I had to look up the title. 1y
batsy @Bertha_Mason I couldn't recall that one, but thank you, I had a read 😂😂 Randy old goat about sums it up 1y
Bookishthoughts @Billypar yes! 😄 Now we just send picture's😬😬😬 1y
BiblioLitten An old favourite! I had almost forgotten about this gem. 1y
batsy @BiblioLitten Me too! It's interesting rediscovering old ones :) 1y
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...”one short sleep past we wake eternally, and Death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.” #death #quotsynov17

Lcsmcat ❤️ this poem. 2y
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