The Poems of John Donne: Volume One
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John Donne (1572-1631) is firmly fixed in the canon of English literature. "No man is an island" and "For whom the bell tolls" are just two of his phrases known by virtually everyone.


The Poems of John Donne is a two volume edition of Donne's poems based on a comprehensive re-evaluation of his work from composition to circulation and reception. Donne's output is tremendously varied in style and form and demonstrates his ability to change his writing according to context and occasion. This edition presents the text of all his known poems, from the epigrams, songs and satires written for fellow young men about town, to the more mature verse-epistles and memorial elegies written for his patrons.

Volume One contains the Epigrams, Verse Letters to Friends, Love Lyrics, Love Elegies and Satires.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 496 pages
  • 144.78 x 220.98 x 35.56mm | 726g
  • LONGMAN
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 0582505763
  • 9780582505766

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"The Poems of John Donne "is a two volume edition of the poems of John Donne (1572-1631) based on a comprehensive re-evaluation of his work from composition to circulation and reception. Donne's output is tremendously varied in style and form and demonstrates his ability to exercise his rhetorical capabilities according to context and occasion. This edition aims to present the text of all his known poems, from the epigrams, songs and satires written for fellow young men about town, to the more mature verse-epistles and memorial elegies written for his patrons.

The Longman Annotated English Poets series traditionally aims to present poems in chronological order; in this edition, however, the principle has been observed only within generic sections. This organisation reproduces the manner in which Donne's original readers first encountered the poems in the various manuscripts of his elegies and satires that circulated in Donne's lifetime. Volume One contains the Epigrams, Verse Letters to Friends, Love Lyrics, Love Elegies and Satires; Volume Two contains the religious poems, Wedding Celebrations, Verse Epistles to Patronesses, Commemorations, and the Anniversaries. The lyrics have been arranged alphabetically for ease of reference and because, in all but a few cases, precise date of composition is impossible to determine. Each poem has extensive editorial commentary designed to put the twenty first century reader in possession of all that is necessary fully to appreciate Donne's work. A substantial headnote sets each poem in its historical and literary context, while the annotations give detailed guidance on the wealth of classical and religious allusions and give full representation to the literary, historical and philosophical culture out of which the poems grew. In keeping with the traditions of the series, Donne's own text has been modernised in punctuation and spelling except where to do so would alter or disrupt a rhyme. This major work of scholarship will prove to be a valuable companion to all students and readers of Donne for many years to come.
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Table of contents

CONTENTS



Note by the General Editors

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Abbreviations



Epigrams

Epigrams

Hero and Leander

Pyramus and Thisbe

Niobe

Naue Arsa (A Burnt Ship)

Caso d'un Muro (Fall of a Wall)

Zoppo (A Lame Beggar)

Calez and Guyana

Il Cavaliere Giovanni Wingfield

A Self-accuser

A Licentious Person

Antiquary

The Ingler

Disinherited

The Liar

Mercurius Gallo-Belgicus

Phryne

An Obscure Writer


Klockius

Martialis Castratus (Raderus)

Ralphius

Ad Autorem (Joseph Scaliger)

Ad Autorem (William Covell)

Verse letters to Friends..............................................................................................................

To Mr Rowland Woodward('Zealously my Muse')

To Mr Rowland Woodward('Muse not')

To Mr Christopher Brooke

To Mr Ingram Lister('Of that short roll of friends')

To Mr Thomas Woodward('At once from hence')

To Mr Thomas Woodward('All hail, sweet poet')

To Mr Thomas Woodward('Pregnant again')

To my Lord of Derby

To Mr Beaupre Bell (1)

To Mr Beaupre Bell (2)

To Mr Thomas Woodward('Haste thee, harsh verse')

To Mr Samuel Brooke

To Mr Everard Guilpin

To Mr Rowland Woodward('Kindly I envy thy song's perfection')

To Mr Ingram Lister('Blest are your north parts')

To Mr Rowland Woodward('Like one who in her third widowhead')

To Mr Rowland Woodward('If, as mine is, thy life a slumber be')

The Storm


The Calm

To Mr Henry Wotton('Here's no more news than virtue')

To Mr Henry Wotton('Sir, more than kisses')

Henrico Wotton in Hibernia Belligeranti

To Sir Henry Wotton at his Going Ambassador to Venice

Amicissimo et meritissimo Ben. Ionson in 'Vulponem'

To Sir Henry Goodyer

To Sir Edward Herbert at Juliers

Upon Mr Thomas Coryat's 'Crudities'

In eundem Macaronicon

A Letter Written by Sir Henry Goodyer and John Donnealternis vicibus

To Mr George Herbert with my Seal of the Anchor and Christ

To Mr Tilman after he had Taken Orders

De libro cum mutuaretur impresso, ... D. D. Andrews

Love Lyrics ('Songs and Sonnets')............................................................................................

Air and Angels

The Anniversary

The Apparition

The Bait

The Blossom

Break of Day

The Broken Heart

The Canonization

Community


The Computation

Confined Love

The Curse

The Damp

The Dissolution

The Dream

The Ecstasy

The Expiration

Farewell to Love

A Fever

The Flea

The Funeral

The Good-morrow

Image and Dream

The Indifferent

To a Jet Ring Sent to me

Lecture upon the Shadow

The Legacy

Love's All (Love's Infiniteness)

Love's Deity

Love's Diet

Love's Exchange

Love's Usury


A Nocturnal upon Saint Lucy's Day

The Message

Mummy (Love's Alchemy)

Negative Love

The Paradox

Platonic Love (The Undertaking)

The Primrose

The Prohibition

The Relic

Song: 'Go and Catch a Falling Star'

Song: 'Sweetest Love, I do not Go'

Spring (Love's Growth)

The Sun Rising

The Triple Fool

TwickenhamGarden

A Valediction Forbidding Mourning

A Valediction: Of my Name in the Window

A Valediction: Of the Book

A Valediction: Of Weeping

The Will

Witchcraft by a Picture

Woman's Constancy

Love Elegies................................................................................................................................


The Bracelet

The Comparison

The Perfume

Jealousy

Love's Recusant

Love's Pupil

Love's War

To his Mistress Going to Bed

Change

The Anagram

To his Mistress on Going Abroad

His Picture

On Love's Progress

Autumnal

Satire............................................................................................................................................

Satyre 1('Away, thou changeling, motley humorist')

Satyre 2('Sir, though (I thank God for it) I do hate')

Satyre 3('Kind pity chokes my spleen, brave scorn forbids')

Satyre 4('Well, I may now receive and die: my sin')

Satyre 5('Thou
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About Robin Robbins

Robin Robbins is a fellow of Wadham College, Oxford. He has published numerous articles on the Renaissance period and produced a large scholarly edition of Sir Thomas Browne's 'Pseudoxia Epidemica'.
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