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John Donne

1573 - 1631

John Donne, who was both a poet and a priest, is nowadays regarded as the leading English figure of the Metaphysical movement. His works are remarkable for their strong and sensual style. He is often looked upon as the greatest love poet in the English language.

That contemporary of Shakespeare is also known for his religious verse and for his sermons, which are ranked among the best of the 17th century.

Classics

A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning

As virtuous men pass mildly away,
And whisper to their souls to go,
Whilst some of their sad friends do say
The breath goes now, and some say, No:

So let us melt, and make no noise,
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Death, Be Not Proud

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
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The Canonization

For God's sake hold your tongue, and let me love,
Or chide my palsy, or my gout,
My five grey hairs, or ruin'd fortune flout,
With wealth your state, your mind with arts improve,
Take you a... [+]