John Donne (jan 22, 1572 – mar 31, 1631)
Chief representative of the metaphysical poets (aimed to register both thought and emotion, and give "utterance to different and often conflicting moods, in love or in religious experience", often expressed firm belief in God or true love, almost never sentimental (this has had some influence on 20th century poets), should be seen as a reaction against the prettiness and idealism of Elizabethan sonneteers, often draws on the sciences, imagery ranges from everyday realism to "the intellectual")
1. "Not dissolute but very neat; a great visitor of ladies, a great frequenter of plays, a great writer of conceited verses" - fellow law student
2. became secretary to the Lord Keeper of the Great Seal in 1598 but was dismissed because of a clandestine marriage which led to poverty and dependence on patrons
3. converted to the Anglican Church and ordained, became Dean of St. Pauls and one of the most famous preachers of the time
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Anthology of English Verse
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