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John Donne's Poetry - Wilbur Sanders

John Donne's Poetry

Paperback Published: 24th March 1975
ISBN: 9780521099097
Number Of Pages: 170

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In this 1975 text, Dr Sanders approaches John Donne, beginnings with his arresting voice; individual and often puzzling. He asks of the live poetry and religious poetry alike, where is Donne speaking his own voice, when is he adopting a persona, what is the effect of his irony? And, he goes on, what affects us as true and fine when is Donne the prey of his own manner and self-irony; when is he conventionally amorous, cynical or pious? From this consideration Dr Sanders returns with a central body of poems which he considers great and unique. Many readers of Donne ask themselves uncomfortably whether their admiration is merely fashionable, or their dissatisfaction merely a reaction against fashion. Dr Sanders's calm examination proceeds from a disinterested wish to to find what is admirable, but not to lose sight of common-sense judgements exemplified in the past by Johnson.

A note on texts
'Combinations of confused magnificence'
'Heterogenous ideas' and 'unexpected truth' - Paradoxes and Problemes
'Ingenious absurdity' and the 'more noble and more adequate conception' - Songs and Sonets I
'Natural and new...though not obvious...just' - Songs and Sonets II
'Analytick attempts' - Songs and Sonets III
Divinity, love and wonder - Holy Sonets, 'A litanie', Anniversaries
The religion of the natural man - Hymnes
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ISBN: 9780521099097
ISBN-10: 0521099099
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 170
Published: 24th March 1975
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.22