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BIOGRAPHY – JOHN DONNE Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Posted by edincityoflit in Poets.

John Donne was born in London in 1572.  Donne was a poet, preacher, and politician most remembered today for his metaphysical poetry which spearheaded the genre.  Donne was born into a Catholic family and attended both Oxford and Cambridge but could graduate from neither owing to his religious faith (illegal at the time).

Donne’s first collected book of poetry, Poems, was published in 1634, three years after Donne’s death.  Donne became well-known for his vibrant poetic language and strong use of metaphor.  Donne died in London in 1631.


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