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John Donne

John Donne was born into a Catholic family in 1572. After a conventional education at Hart Hall, Oxford, and Lincoln's Inn, he took part in the Earl of Essex's expedition to the Azores in 1597. He secretly married Anne More in December 1601 and was imprisoned by her father, Sir George More, in the Fleet two months later. He was ordained as a priest in January 1615 and took a doctorate of divinity at Cambridge the same year. He was made dean of St. Paul's Cathedral in London in 1621, a position he held until his death in 1631. He is... Read More


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Collected Poetry
Written by John Donne, Edited by Christopher Ricks, Introduction by Ilona Bell, Noted by Ilona Bell
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | January 2013
$19.00/25.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-119157-7 (0-14-119157-0)

A new collection of John Donne's verse, from the witty conceit of "The Flea" to the intense spirituality of his Divine Poems

Regarded by many as the greatest of the metaphysical poets, John Donne was also among the most intriguing figures of the Elizabethan Age. A sensualist who composed erotic and... Read more

The Complete English Poems
Written by John Donne, Introduction by A. J. Smith
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | August 1977
$21.00/28.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-042209-2 (0-14-042209-9)

'The first poet in the world in some things', is how John Donne was described by his contemporary Ben Jonson. 

Yet it is only this century that Donne has been indisputably established as a great poet—and even, many feel, the greatest love poet of them all. Jonson went on to remark that... Read more

The Complete Poetry and Selected Prose of John Donne
Written by John Donne, Edited by Charles M. Coffin, Introduction by Denis Donoghue
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | August 2001
$19.00/25.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75734-1 (0-375-75734-1)

This Modern Library edition contains all of John Donne's great metaphysical love poetry. Here are such well-known songs and sonnets as "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning," "The Extasie," and "A Nocturnall Upon S. Lucies Day," along with the love elegies "Jealosie," "His Parting From Her," and "To His Mistris Going to Bed."... Read more

The Complete English Poems
Written by John Donne, Introduction by C. A. Patrides
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | October 1991
$26.00/35.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-40558-0 (0-679-40558-5)

The magnificent Seventeenth-Century metaphysical poet John Donne created new forms of lyric, satire, erotic poems, and religious verse that left poetry in English forever changed. From his famously sensual love poems to his equally passionate and powerful Holy Sonnets, Donne's forceful language and ingenious wit encompass a remarkable range of tones. 


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Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and Death's Duel
Written by John Donne, Preface by Andrew Motion
Vintage | Trade Paperback | December 1999
$14.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-70548-9 (0-375-70548-1)

John Donne (1572-1631) is best known as the greatest English metaphysical poet. But there was another dimension to Donne's life and writing that, if less well known, is no less profound and beautiful.

Born into an aristocratic Catholic family, Donne joined the Church of England at the age of twenty-one out... Read more

Donne: Poems
Written by John Donne, Introduction by Peter Washington
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | October 1995
$14.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-44467-1 (0-679-44467-X)

The Everyman's Library Pocket Poets hardcover series is popular for its compact size and reasonable price which does not compromise content. Poems: Donne contains Songs and Sonnets, Letters to the Countess of Bedford, The First Anniversary, Holy Sonnets, Divine Poems, excerpts from Paradoxes and Problems, Ignatius His Conclave, The Sermons, Essays... Read more

Selected Poems of John Donne
Written by John Donne, Introduction by Ilona Bell
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | March 2007
$13.00/17.50(Canada) | 978-0-14-042440-9 (0-14-042440-7)

A new selection spanning the breadth of Donne’s verse

One of England’s preeminent poets, John Donne’s poems are among the most passionate, profound, and spiritual in the English language. This rich representation reflects the wide diversity of his poetry. From such witty items as “The Flea,” which transforms the image of a...

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