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Love Poems of John Donne

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  253 ratings  ·  14 reviews
These twenty timeless monologues spoken by the lover to his beloved were penned in the 16th century and are considered by many to be the acme of English poetry. The Good Morrow * Go and catch a falling star * The Rising Star * The Canonization * The Triple Fool * Sweetest love, I do not go * The Legacie * A Feaver * The Anniversary * The Flea * The Curse * A Nocturnall * T ...more
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Published by Neeland Media (first published January 1st 1958)
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This is one of the handful of poetry books that I own. To be honest, if I understood more of Donne's context, I would most likely rate it higher. When understood, I found his poems to be very romantic and honest. If translated into my dumb language, some themes would be:

Hey Baby, Why Wait Until Marriage?
Let's Face It, There Will Always Be Other Hoes.
I Must Have Felt A False Love Yesterday
Because I Love You Even More Today.
Women Are Lying Whores.
I Can't Give You My Heart Because You Already
One of my favorite collections of love poetry, this is a staple in my library that I like to re-read on occasion.
Back in 1998 I was a hopeless romantic. Hence, I read and memorized a lot of Donne's poems.
Zahra Barlas
Impossible to not fall in love with Donne's love sonnets.
Miroku Nemeth
Those who know Donne, know how passionate his poetry is, whether writing of romantic or spiritual love. A contemporary of Shakespeare, for many modern readers the rich complexity of his English may be a problem, but, like with the words of the Bard of Avon, taking the time to decipher and meditate upon Donne's lines of poetry is well worth the time. I honestly prefer a collection like this many times over to Shakespeare's sonnets; the words of Donne just seem more transparently deeply felt than ...more
Too much of its time for me to really enjoy. Donne eroticizes women, he places them on pedestals and chastises them for their inconstancy, but he doesn't seem to have talked to them much. The language and structure feels a little archaic, as do many of the references--I probably would have benefitted from a text with more annotations.

There are little bursts of humor that surprise you...and play better than the torment. My favorites here included A Fever, The Funeral and A Jet Ring Set.
This was my first copy of John Donne's poetry. I picked my copy up in Berkeley in the 1980's because I'd heard A Valediction Forbidding Mourning and recognized it as one of the greatest poems ever written.

I would read these on my own, now and again, and it led me to more and more of his works. It led me to more and more poetry.

Perhaps this should be considered a threshold book?

Hee hee hee...
Josh Hornbeck
"The Love Poems of John Donne" ranges from transcendent observations about love that continue to have resonance, to the petulant ramblings of a stalker-y emo kid in Freshman English who has a better vocabulary than the professor. The transcendent poems are worth the work it takes to really dive deeply into Donne's language, but the petulant ones are insufferable.
Sara Nia (Tea and Parchment)
"’Twas so; but this, all pleasures fancies be.
If ever any beauty I did see,
Which I desired, and got, ’twas but a dream of thee."

Oh, how I love Donne. I'm such a sucker for the romance. :) Review to come...
I could read this book over and over again for the rest of my life.
His love poems are the best.
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John 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 ...more
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