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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.
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For God's sake hold your tongue, and let me love,
Or chide my palsy, or my gout,
My five grey ... [+]