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The Penguin Poets: John Donne

by John Donne

Other authors: John Hayward (Editor)

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Although the poet John Donne lived so long ago, some phrases from his writing still linger with us today, such as "no man is an island," "death, be no proud," and "for whom the bell tolls," the last of which provided the title for one of Ernest Hemingway's novels. Donne used poems as a means of metaphysical inquiry and meditation, as well as for very sensual expression. His daringly original use of imagery and conceits to lead the mind to profound understandings marked a new, intellectual approach to poetry. Like Shakespeare, Donne was a genius at making common words yield up rich, poetic meaning. His thought is complex, but his poems unfold in a logical way. This collection includes songs, satires, elegies, selections from The Anniversaries, and divine poems.… (more)
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Excellent introduction ( )
  NaggedMan | May 26, 2020 |
This is a pretty good selection if all you want is a smattering of Donne. His "major" poems are all in here, so you won't miss anything of major interest.

Donne is a great poet for people who are new to poetry. He is clear enough for the begining poetry reader, but you can take his work very, very far. ( )
  Arctic-Stranger | Jan 20, 2009 |
I just love these 1950s Penguin covers, and the dust jackets, and the sewn binding. They don't make them like that anymore.
  muumi | Mar 6, 2008 |
A good overview of Donne's work. Don't expect anything you have't read before, but if you're looking for a good Donne reference, this book is perfect. ( )
  nerdyjamie | May 31, 2007 |
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Although the poet John Donne lived so long ago, some phrases from his writing still linger with us today, such as "no man is an island," "death, be no proud," and "for whom the bell tolls," the last of which provided the title for one of Ernest Hemingway's novels. Donne used poems as a means of metaphysical inquiry and meditation, as well as for very sensual expression. His daringly original use of imagery and conceits to lead the mind to profound understandings marked a new, intellectual approach to poetry. Like Shakespeare, Donne was a genius at making common words yield up rich, poetic meaning. His thought is complex, but his poems unfold in a logical way. This collection includes songs, satires, elegies, selections from The Anniversaries, and divine poems.

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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0140585184, 0140424407

 

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