John Donne: Collected Poetry (Penguin Classics)

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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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'Take me to You, imprison me, for I,
Except You'enthral me, never shall be free,
Nor ever chaste, except You ravish me'

John Donne was one of the greatest and most daring poets in the English language, whose work reinvigorated the traditions of Renaissance verse with its wit, wordplay, elaborate conceits, colloquial tone and often shocking imagery drawn from everyday life. This new collection of Donne's work shows the huge range of his verse, from startling, intimate love poems such as 'The Sun Rising' and 'The Good Morrow' to his forceful Holy Sonnets, as well as epigrams, elegies, satires, letters, hymns and memorial verses. Brought together, they illustrate fully the complexity and originality of a unique poetic genius who combined ardour and intellect in equal measure.

Ilona Bell's introduction to this new collection considers Donne's life, critical responses to his work, the different audiences he wrote for and his radical use of form and metaphor. This edition also includes a chronology, detailed notes and a further reading list.

Edited with an introduction and notes by Ilona Bell
General Editor: Christopher Ricks

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John Donne (1572-1631) was the most outstanding of the English Metaphysical Poets and a churchman famous for his spellbinding sermons.

Ilona Bell is Professor of English Literature at Williams College, Massachusetts. She has published widely on Renaissance literature and is the author of several books on Donne, his courtship, and his love poetry.

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