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4.73 out of 54.73 out of 54.73 out of 54.73 out of 54.73 out of 5 4.73 (11 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Donne Narrator: Geoffrey Whitehead, Will Keen Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN:
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Sophisticated wit and intense emotion, religious fervor and erotic sensuality, delight in life's pleasures and fascination with death, are all to be found in the paradoxical poetry of John Donne. One of the foremost metaphysical poets, Donne's ingenious metaphors and inspired use of language has earned him affection and reverence in near equal measure to Shakespeare. This collection of his finest poetry showcases the diverse range of his work, and includes Death Be Not Proud, A Hymn to God the Father, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Go Catch a Falling Star, The Flea, and To His Mistress Going to Bed.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 3/31/2011

    " I enjoyed the love sonnets and poetry especially. This edition could have ventured into the poet's life and given some of his pertinent background. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 hannah | 11/15/2010

    " Read selected poems, and really need to go back and read more. He's fabulous, though I prefer his less religious works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toni | 6/16/2010

    " "thou art the best of me"

    My favorite poems are "A Valediction Forbidding Mourning", "The Flea", "Song", and "Woman's Constancy" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charity | 12/11/2009

    " Despite the outdated style, Donne is a genius. One can feel God's immanence; Donne does not isolate Him in His transcedence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clif | 10/17/2009

    " A marvelous mind for prose and poetry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony | 3/28/2009

    " If for no other reason (and there are many), this edition is wonderful for it's correct punctuation at the end of Donne's famous masterpiece Holly sonnet 10 "Death be not proud" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 9/23/2008

    " Apart from Donne being one of the most complicated, intelligent, and sophisticated metaphysical poet, I find his violent experience of faith and religious attractive for comparison with his courtship of women in the elegies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 6/26/2008

    " I love John Donne. His love poems are unbelievable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shanisha | 4/14/2008

    " Donne's poetry is wonderfully and subtley erotic (this guy had quite an imagination for a priest :)...his love poems are clever and witty (The Flea...The Canonization) and his spiritual poems are passionate and painful (Batter My Heart, Three-Person'd God). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 3/22/2008

    " My college favorite! What a guy. I am going to go read a few of these right now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Asher | 2/29/2008

    " I have never picked up this edition, and probably it's sad sack, but every man should be carryin' around some down-home-Donne Metaphysical Lovin'. Like a heart-compass. "

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Author John Donne

John Donne (1572-1631) was an English poet, satirist, philosopher, and chaplain who is considered a founder of the Metaphysical Poets, a group of writers characterized by their ability to coax new perspective through paradoxical images, inventive syntax, and imagery from art, philosophy, and religion using an extended metaphor known as a conceit. Donne’s works are notable for their realistic and sensual style and include sonnets, love poetry, religious poems, Latin translations, epigrams, elegies, songs, satires, and sermons. He is firmly established as one of the greatest poets in the English language, strongly influencing writers of the seventeenth century. He died in 1631 and was buried at St. Paul’s Cathedral.