The Love Poems of John Donne

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Macmillan, 15.10.1982 - 100 Seiten
John Donne's standing as one of the greatest poets in the English language is now thoroughly established, and critics such as T. S. Eliot and F. R. Leavis have found in Donne's poetry qualities profoundly responsive to the modern age. While Donne is famous for his religious poetry, his love poems are among the most beautiful ever written, and this collection brings them together for the first time.

Donne was a man who knew all the many faces of love-- physical passion, jealousy, rapture, grief and parting-- and possessed the genius to distill his experiences into poetry. The potency of his writing has lost none of its effect; Donne's love poetry taps the reservoir of feelings and emotions common to all human beings.

Before Donne was ordained as a priest in 1615, he wrote sonnets (such as "The Dream" and "The Ecstasy"), elegies (such as "To His Mistress Going to Bed" and "Love's Progress"), and wedding songs ("St. Valentine's Day" and "Epithalamion"), all of which glitter with an eroticism that truly marries body and soul.

Charles Fowkes, author of a critically acclaimed biography of Rembrandt and several anthologies of short stories, has gathered those poems in which Donne is most passionate and most lyrical. The result is this lovely volume- the perfect gift for every beloved, a book of poems to press flowers in and to keep by the heart.
 

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Nutzerbericht  - m.belljackson - LibraryThing

John Donne's poems warrant great study, being often mysterious in both language and context, while being also beautiful, inspiring, annoying, repetitious, and memorable. Vollständige Rezension lesen

Brilliant Poet

Nutzerbericht  - Tony G. - Borders

John Donne is always a great read no matter what mood you're in or what mood he's in. This is a great collection of his works. A word of caution: the dust cover attracts dirt right away. I noticed ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Inhalt

Go and catch a falling star 2
xxv
Lovers Infiniteness II
11
Forbidding Mourning
42
ELEGIES
70
His Picture
76
Loves War
99
Urheberrecht

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Über den Autor (1982)

Charles Fowkes is the director of a London publishing company. Although he spends most of his time publishing the work of others his first love is writing. He has selected and introduced several collections of short stories, and his biography of Rembrandt, published in 1978, received great praise. The opportunity to select and introduce a collection of the love poetry of John Donne was irresistible to him, and his essay is a refreshing look at one of the finest wordsmiths the English language has known.

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