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John Donne (1572-1631) brought to the famous and famously sensual love poems we know as Songs and Sonnets an intellectual force so powerful that he exploded the traditional love lyrics from within. He brought to his magnificent devotional poems and sermons as equally passionate physicality, and his many-sided genius has been supremely significant for the poetry of our own time.
The Everyman's Library Pocket Poets hardcover series is popular for its compact size and reasonable price which does not compromise content. Poems: Donne contains Songs and Sonnets, Letters to the Countess of Bedford, The First Anniversary, Holy Sonnets, Divine Poems, excerpts from Paradoxes and Problems, Ignatius His Conclave, The Sermons, Essays and Devotions, and an index of first lines.
Denis Donoghue is University Professor and Henry James Chair of English and American Letters at New York University. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including, most recently, Words Alone: The Poet T.S. Eliot (Yale University Press).