This is a collection of the love poems of John Donne (1571-1631) who is regarded as one of the greatest of the English metaphysical poets. The son of a merchant, he studied at both at Oxford and Cambridge, and later at Lincoln's Inn. He secretly married Ann More and took holy orders in 1615.
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“if there is one area of literature that is ideally suited to the talking book format it is poetry. Gifted readers tease out sense and meaning… and reveal rhythm, metre and nuance… The effect is electrifying: Burton’s deep powerful Welsh voice pumps hot blood through the veins of the intellectual poet and renders passionately human the sometimes convoluted imagery… Through ingeniously sustained imagery, his rigorously high ideals of love blaze with a directness and occasional physicality that, as delivered here by Burton, make one catch one’s breath.”
Sunday Times 15/2/98
Turning his back on the ascetic medieval and the ideal Renaissance concepts, Donne described a real and experienced love, a love the pinnacle of which is the joyous union of body and soul.
The poems in this collection display his precocious virtuosity, bending both meaning and sound to the service of the Metaphysical conceit.
• The Good Morrow
• Song: Go and catch a falling star
• The Rising Sun
• The Canonisation
• The Triple Fool
• Song: Sweetest love I do not go
• The Legacie
• A Feaver
• The Anniversary
• The Flea
• The Curse
• A Nocturnall
• The Apparition
• A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
• The Extasie
• The Funerall
• The Relique
• Elegy1: Jealosie
• Elegy VIII: The Comparision
• Elegy VII: Natures lay Ideot
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Book Description HarperCollins Audio, 1992. Audio Cassette. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0001046497