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The Love Poems of John Donne

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John Donne's standing as one of the greatest poets in the English language is now thoroughly established, and critics such as T. S. Eliot and F. R. Leavis have found in Donne's poetry qualities profoundly responsive to the modern age. While Donne is famous for his religious poetry, his love poems are among the most beautiful ever written, and this collection brings them together for the first time.

Donne was a man who knew all the many faces of love-- physical passion, jealousy, rapture, grief and parting-- and possessed the genius to distill his experiences into poetry. The potency of his writing has lost none of its effect; Donne's love poetry taps the reservoir of feelings and emotions common to all human beings.

Before Donne was ordained as a priest in 1615, he wrote sonnets (such as "The Dream" and "The Ecstasy"), elegies (such as "To His Mistress Going to Bed" and "Love's Progress"), and wedding songs ("St. Valentine's Day" and "Epithalamion"), all of which glitter with an eroticism that truly marries body and soul.

Charles Fowkes, author of a critically acclaimed biography of Rembrandt and several anthologies of short stories, has gathered those poems in which Donne is most passionate and most lyrical. The result is this lovely volume- the perfect gift for every beloved, a book of poems to press flowers in and to keep by the heart.

About the Author

Charles Fowkes is the director of a London publishing company. Although he spends most of his time publishing the work of others his first love is writing. He has selected and introduced several collections of short stories, and his biography of Rembrandt, published in 1978, received great praise. The opportunity to select and introduce a collection of the love poetry of John Donne was irresistible to him, and his essay is a refreshing look at one of the finest wordsmiths the English language has known.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Charles Fowkes

The Good-morrow

Song: Go, and catch a falling star

Woman's Constancy

The Undertaking

The Sun Raising

The Indifferent

Love's Usury

The Canonization

The Triple Fool

Lover's Infiniteness

Song: Sweetest love, I do not go

The Legacy

A Fever

Air and Angels

Break of Day

The Anniversary

A Valediction: Of My Name, in the Window

Twickenham Garden

A Valediction: Of the Book


Love's Growth

Love's Exchange

Confined Love

The Dream

A Valediction: Of Weeping

Love's Alchemy

The Flea

The Curse

The Message

A Nocturnal upon St. Lucy's Day

Witchcraft by a Picture

The Bait

The Apparition

The Broken Heart

A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning

The Ecstasy

Love's Deity

Love's Diet

The Will

The Funeral

The Blossom

The Primrose

The Relic

The Damp

The Dissolution

A Jet Ring Sent

Negative Love

The Prohibition

The Expiration

The Computation

The Paradox

Farewell to Love

A Lecture upon the Shadow

Sonnet: The Token


Song: Stay, o sweet, and do not rise (sometimes attributed to Dowland) 



The Anagram


The Perfume

His Picture

Elegy: Oh, let me not serve

Elegy: Nature's lay idiot

The Comparison

The Autumnal

The Dream

The Bracelet

His Parting from Her

On his Mistress

Love's Progress

To His Mistress Going to Bed

Love's War

Product Details

Fawkes, Charles
Fowkes, Charles
Donne, John
Fowkes, Charles
St. Martin's Press
New York :
Single Author *
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Love poetry, English
Single Author - British & Irish
Anthologies-United Kingdom Poetry
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Series Volume:
no. DOE 81-12
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
7.38 x 5.3 x 0.62 in

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