The Collected Poems of John Donne Paperback
by John Donne
Edited by Roy Booth
Part of the Wordsworth Poetry Library series
Edited with an Introduction, Chronology, Notes, Bibliography and Glossary by Roy Booth, Royal Holloway College, University of London.
John Donne (1572-1631) is a poet of concerted emotional and intellectual force, whose strenuously original approach to the subject matter, diction and form of verse re-made English poetry.
Donne's poetry combines paradoxical wit, scientific and theological learning with the rhythms and diction of spoken language.
Crises of love, conscience, and faith are the great concerns of his poetry which is by turns exalted or disenchanted, direct or oblique, morally profound or outrageously spiteful.
This edition makes available the whole of Donne's English poetry, and includes a new introduction, chronology, notes and up-to-date bibliography.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages, bibliography, index
- Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
- Publication Date: 05/02/1994
- Category: Poetry
- ISBN: 9781853264009
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Review by shanaqui
I hadn't actually read much of John Donne's work before, which is rather odd given that I've been obsessed with English Literature since forever and ever. But I used to (still do, really) have a huge blind spot when it came to poetry, because I didn't like it that much. Donne's poetry is good: some of the poems are just beautiful, with lovely, lovely imagery, and some are pretty clever ("The Flea", although that's also gross). Despite the language, it's pretty easy to read, too. It's funny to approach it from two different directions: from a modern perspective and from an in-context perspective -- I'm doing Donne in both Renaissance Literature and English Literature. Definitely worth reading even if it's not for study.