Collected Poetry

Collected Poetry

Introduction by: Ilona Bell
Notes by: Ilona Bell

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780141191577
  • 544 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


A new collection of John Donne’s verse, from the witty conceit of “The Flea” to the intense spirituality of his Divine Poems

Regarded by many as the greatest of the metaphysical poets, John Donne was also among the most intriguing figures of the Elizabethan Age. A sensualist who composed erotic and playful love poetry in his youth, he was raised a Catholic but later became one of the most admired Protestant preachers of his time. Reflecting this wide diversity, Collected Poetry includes his youthful songs and sonnets, epigrams, elegies, letters, satires, and the profoundly moving Divine Poems composed toward the end of his life. From joyful works such as “The Flea,” which transforms the image of a louse into something marvelous, to the intimate and intense Holy Sonnets, Donne breathed new vigor into poetry by drawing startling metaphors from the world in which he lived.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Collected Poetry

Collected Poetry

John Donne, Introduction by: Ilona Bell, Editor: Christopher Ricks, Notes by: Ilona Bell

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