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Book Title: Holy Sonnets 1 to 19|
The author of the book: John Donne
Date of issue: August 20th 2012
ISBN 13: 9781479141265
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The second in my series (3) of reviews of John Donne as read in The Complete Poetry and Selected Prose of John Donne.
This collection of his Holy Sonnets (often called the "Westmoreland sequence") contains 19 sonnets written by Donne from his conversion to Anglicanism up until his death. These are metaphysical poems that deal with divine love, death, penance, his own grievances, and obviously mystical devotion to the trinity.
I have to say that while I was not shown anything new in regards to themes with Donne I was still impressed by how could his style is. His sonnet style was influenced primarily by the Italian poet Petrarch and of course Shakespeare. My personal favorite admittedly is the one that most people will recognize, his sonnet that deals with the one theme that comes up in much of his work-death. Sonnet "Death Be Not Proud": "Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those, whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow,
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleep, which but thy picture[s] be,
Much pleasure, then from thee much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee do go,
Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery.
Thou'rt slave to Fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,
And poppy, or charms can make us sleep as well,
And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
And Death shall be no more, Death, thou shalt die."
My next review on Donne will be The Complete Poetry and Selected Prose of John Donne itself.
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Read information about the authorJohn Donne was an English poet, preacher and a major representative of the metaphysical poets of the period. His works are notable for their realistic and sensual style and include sonnets, love poetry, religious poems, Latin translations, epigrams, elegies, songs, satires and sermons. His poetry is noted for its vibrancy of language and inventiveness of metaphor, especially as compared to that of his contemporaries.
Despite his great education and poetic talents, he lived in poverty for several years, relying heavily on wealthy friends. In 1615 he became an Anglican priest and, in 1621, was appointed the Dean of St Paul's Cathedral in London.
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