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Complete Poetical Works

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  13,166 ratings  ·  120 reviews
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 and Devotions, and an ind ...more
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Published February 28th 1922 by Oxford University Press (first published 1633)
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A friend of mine who's learning English has been reading sci-fi hit To Your Scattered Bodies Go, and they asked me in passing why the title is the way it is: some kind of quotation? English graduate Warwick sprang into action, because this is a sonnet whose opening lines I have had by heart since the first time I read it:

At the round earths imagin'd corners, blow
Your trumpets, Angells, and arise, arise
From death, you numberlesse infinities
Of soules, and to your scattred bodies goe…

…although I fo
Non sapevo nulla dell'opera di Donne; sfogliando questa raccolta in libreria sono stato travolto dai primi versi di The Undertaking, e credo di aver barcollato. Mi sono guardato intorno come un ladro. Ho lasciato il libro dov'era: non faceva per me; però di tanto in tanto mi ripetevo mentalmente l'inizio di quella poesia. Quando infine, diversi mesi più tardi, mi sono deciso a leggere il libro - la stagione era ormai cambiata, più di una volta - ho potuto subire con più tranquillità la spietata ...more
Robert Browning
John Donne is, with apologies to my unintentional namesake, my absolute favorite poet. He covers all the big three topics that great poetry should - Love, Death, and God - and, more often than not, he's covering all three at the same time in the span of 14 short, beautiful little lines of epic proportion.

Every time I come back to his work I find something new to enjoy. I can marvel at poems that put down Death as a trivial and temporary inconvenience, take a mere object like a mathematical compa
J.G. Keely
What is it that infects the iconoclasts? What is it unrelenting that they cannot be the same?

John Donne was a man who straddled the channel. To be English and Catholic was to never have an identity. Sometimes it troubled him, but to be no one man became his greatest gift. There are those who are never forced to look beyond their place and their lives. That place itself may be challanged, and success is never assured, but to strive to become someone out of being so strongly no-one is another type
Jan 28, 2012 Andrea is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I took this book out of the library because I read that Theodore Roethke brought lists of verbs from 17th century poetry to his students and told his students for their own poetic deepening to read poetry from the 17th century and earlier. I remember reading John Donne in high school when I did not get it at all. But now I get it. I get it even though I don't get it. I find myself compelled to sit there and figure it out. The archaic word order I find compelling and I sit there puzzling over it ...more
Let me start by saying I enjoyed John Donne’s Holy Sonnets as much as his sexy romps, and I hope to discuss both (as well as the less interesting verse letters and songs) with equal fervency and attention, but for now I want to talk just about the sexy romps.

Mostly, Donne is a hoot, a dirty dawg. In Elegy 4, the narrator decides he will be more moral by refusing sex with a married woman in her husband’s bed and instead – here’s a great improvement – finding a different bed in a different house i
Jack the Rake's poems get me hotter than the kitchen oven, but then I turn to the end of the book and I'm broken, blown (?!) burned, and made new again by some serious holiness.
Alexis Hall
I'm a huge fan of Donne: like Rochester he has this rough, rugged poetical style which I find very intriguing, although Donne is less explicitly obscene, and he bends that style towards a kind of hyper-intellectualism.

But I think the thing I most compelling and fascinating is the way the passion of his secular verse infuses also his religious writings. My favourite being 'Batter my heart, three person'd God.' Such a marvellously physical response to the idea of Divine love.
Patrick Gibson
Aug 09, 2009 Patrick Gibson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Patrick by: Mrs. S.
Shelves: poetry
I worked for the Chautauqua Opera when I was 22. It’s a summer music festival. I had an affair with a married woman in her 40’s lasting eight weeks. It was luscious and thrilling. Chautauqua is the perfect place for romance and opera. Come fall when the leaves started plummeting and the artist Diaspora sent actors and crew on their way, we parted, my paramour and I. She gave me a book of Donne—with dried flowers pressed in the pages. I now place the book on my Goodreads shelf. The flowers are st ...more
Kevin Albrecht
Apr 05, 2010 Kevin Albrecht rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of poetry
Shelves: poetry
John Donne's work is witty and full of many different forms of poetry. I was greatly inspired by his poetry, but frequently found his poems difficult to get deeply interested in at first. I am certain that I will only like him more as time goes on and I reread his poems. My favorite poems were "The good-morrow", "A feaver", "Communitie", and "Sir John Wingefield". "Communitie" especially is very intriguing, for while most of Donne's work seems to respect women, this poem considers them to be not ...more
I'm not really done. Even if I'd read every word I don't think I would be done with Donne. I have fallen in love with him. Only an interim read, I hope to read a poem or two a night for a long time, maybe forever. He's one of those poets who grabs you by the throat, the heart, the head.
I read eleven poems, plus the 16 sonnet sequence "Holy Sonnets" for my bookclub.

I thought "To His Mistress" was quite sensual. Could you imagine having all of that stuff to take off—girdle, breastplate, busk (corset), gown, coronet, shoes. He says “unpin” and “Unlace yourself.” I’m so glad I don’t have to go through all that to get undressed each night.

In "Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" I really liked the analogy of the compass for a married couple. John Donne wrote this to his wife as he wa
Lynn Beyrouthy
Had to read some of Donne's poems for the literature class I'm taking this semester, we also had to read Shakespeare and I think I enjoyed this more (yeah I know, shocking)

Here's a poem that I'll be reading to the first person that I fall in love with:

The Good-Morrow.

I wonder by my troth, what thou and I
Did, till we loved? Were we not weaned till then?
But sucked on country pleasures, childishly?
Or snorted we in the Seven Sleepers’ den?
‘Twas so; but this, all pleasures’ fancies be;
If ever any
Elizabeth Pyjov
"Must I, who came to travail thorough you, / Grow your fixed subject, 'cause you're true?" -- John Donne, poem The Indifferent, p. 61

"All love is wonder; if we justly do / Account her wonderful, why not lovely too?" - John Donne, Elegies, The Anagram, p. 96

"For one night's revels, silk and gold we choose, / But, in long journeys, cloth, and leather use." -- John Donne, Elegies, The Anagram, p 96

"Likeness glues love: then if so thou do, / To make us like and love, must I change too? / More than t
Donne's poems were never published in his own lifetime but circulated in manuscript form.


BUSY old fool, unruly Sun,
Why dost thou thus,
Through windows, and through curtains, call on us ?
Must to thy motions lovers' seasons run ?
Saucy pedantic wretch, go chide
Late school-boys and sour prentices,
Go tell court-huntsmen that the king will ride,
Call country ants to harvest offices ;
Love, all alike, no season knows nor clime,
Nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time.

Thy b
I don't know if it still is, but 10 years ago it was very en vogue to love John Donne. For a lot of people, he was the perfect marriage of modern sensibilities and non-shitty poetry, a combination that is not readily found. Finally, they thought, a Dead White Male I can enjoy while still maintaining my self-respect! Well, let me say, I'm happy for them. I like John Donne, too. But then, I mostly read Dead White Males. In fact, I'm not going to hold his passing or his penis against him, or anyone ...more
by John Donne

SWEETEST love, I do not go,
For weariness of thee,
Nor in hope the world can show
A fitter love for me ;
But since that I
At the last must part, 'tis best,
Thus to use myself in jest
By feigned deaths to die.

Yesternight the sun went hence,
And yet is here to-day ;
He hath no desire nor sense,
Nor half so short a way ;
Then fear not me,
But believe that I shall make
Speedier journeys, since I take
More wings and spurs than he.

O how feeble is man's power,
That if good fortune fall,
Monica Martin
An epic poet, even if in this day and age he may be seen as slightly cheesy. However, other then Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, he is still my favorite poet! He has an amazing use of conceits. and imagery that are pictures to your mind. You can read his poems again and again and see new meaning to his world of words. Unappreciated in his time, this gentleman-like player should be known and shared now.
Katheryn Thompson
Sorry John Donne fans, but I won't be joining your ranks anytime soon. I found Donne's poetry shallow, which seems like an odd criticism of a Metaphysical poet, but his poems all seemed...2D. His poems are either about God, with references to sex, or about sex, with references to God. I do think, though, that this book is worth looking at if you want to try Donne's poetry, because it categorises them really clearly so that you can try some of everything. The notes at the back are also quite help ...more
The best edition for Donne if you value the manuscript evidence over the scrubbed and polished versions that too often find their way into anthologies. Patride's editing preserves valuable evidence about the pronunciations and rhythms that make some of the poetry work: teachers sometimes value Donne's conceits at the expense of his music, which is done a disservice by regularizing his manuscripts to emphasize the imagery. There's much in this edition to recall the apparent-chaos of the manuscrip ...more
"No man is an island" is so profound that it even shows up in dialog on tv shows.

Donne's English poems often make me cry.
Commentary on The Ecstasy:

There is often sufficient paradox and complexity in the poems of John Donne that he leaves his readers perplexed. That is no more true in his lyrics than of "The Ecstasy". One of his best known verses, this can be read as a representation of an artful young seducer; but my background and our class discussion suggests a more serious interpretation. My view is based in the classical philosophy of Plato and his poetic and philosophic, many-faceted, stories of the nature of
Ok, so I didn't read every SINGLE poem in this mighty anthology, but did get through the vast majority of them. And read far more of him than I last encountered in A-Level English. I love the two contrasting sides of Donne's life: the young libertine, poetry obsessed with proving masculinity and bedding women, of clever conceits and wit, against the older Donne, worldly-wise, with his meditations on life and Death. It's an apt summary of the run of life we all go through, and Donne's use of wit ...more
I did not read the whole book. I read selections for the group I'm in. I enjoyed them. My favorite was THE SUN RISING and THE HOLY SONNETS. I loved how the last line of the sonnet began the first line in the next
sonnet. I liked how he started with the ancient of days and then the
annunciation and on to ascension.
The ascension was my favorite. Showing Christ as a strong battering ram but
also a meek lamb. A very joyful sonnet.

Mistress was quite erotic.

Nature's Lay Idiot um, more sensual love poem

I have several different editions of his poetry and prose.
Джон Донн «Блоха» («The Flea») перевод Бродского

Узри в блохе, что мирно льнет к стене,
В сколь малом ты отказываешь мне.
Кровь поровну пила она из нас:
Твоя с моей в ней смешаны сейчас.
Но этого ведь мы не назовем
Грехом, потерей девственности, злом.
Блоха, от крови смешанной пьяна,
Пред вечным сном насытилась сполна;
Достигла больше нашего она.

Узри же в ней три жизни и почти
Ее вниманьем. Ибо в ней почти,
Нет, больше чем женаты ты и я.
И ложе нам, и храм блоха сия.
Нас связывают крепче алтаря
Живые стены
Adria Guinart
This review only focus in the poem Butter my heart and it is a paper I wrote for my course in English Literature:

A triple but unique way of addressing God in John Donne’s Butter my heart

In the following essay the relationship established between the speaker and God in Batter my heart by John Donne (1572-1631) will be commented, but before developing the analysis it could be convenient to set the stage. John Donne is a well known author usually attached to the group of poets called the Metaphysic
Kristopher Swinson
2.65. This contained an assortment of subjects. To put it bluntly, some material was much better than other material. His verse letters were pretty bad and, for reasons I’ll go into below, he probably should have stayed clear of most love panegyrics. However, this began to improve in his themes on marriage (with the recurrent development of a union of souls, 38-40, 71, 89), satires, and holy sonnets. But how complete was this selection, anyway? It didn’t even contain his famous Meditation XVII, ...more
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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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