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John Donne

the pre-eminent representative of the metaphysical poets.

noted for their strong, sensual style and includesonnets, love poems, religious poems, Latin translations, epigrams, elegies, songs, satires and sermons.

noted for its vibrancy of language and inventiveness of metaphor, especially compared to that of his contemporaries.

Donne's style is characterised by abrupt openings and various paradoxes, ironies and dislocations.
These features, along with his frequent dramatic or everyday speech rhythms, his tense syntax and his tough eloquence, were both a reaction against the smoothness of conventional Elizabethan poetry and an adaptation into English of European baroque and mannerist techniques.

His early career was marked by poetry that bore immense knowledge of English society and he met that knowledge with sharp criticism.

important theme in Donne's poetry is the idea of true religion, something that he spent much time considering and about which he often theorized.

He wrote secular poems as well as erotic and love poems. He is particularly famous for his mastery of metaphysical conceits

*metaphysical poets: work was characterized by the inventive use of conceits, and by speculation about topics such as love or religion. The Metaphysical Poets are known for their ability to startle the reader and coax new perspective through paradoxical images, subtle argument, inventive syntax, and imagery from art, philosophy, and religion using an extended metaphor known as a conceit.

His Love poems:
Sarcastic
Asserts his right to love
Symbol of people who are poking nose into his matters
Metaphysical poetry
Love, errotic, religious, spiritual
Sublime poems

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