John Donne Biography, Pictures, Images, Movies, Videos, Relationships - FamousWhy
Famous People Famous Regions Famous Articles Famous Software FamousWhy Web Services Famous Forum Submit Content

Visits: 173
Votes: 0
Fame Riser
Fame Rank

Games for Girls

On this page

John Donne Biography
John Donne Videos
John Donne Movies
John Donne Links
Useful Tabs
User reviews
Create a poll for John Donne
Ask a Question about John Donne
John Donne Quotes
Passed Away on March 31
Famous People Born in London England United Kingdom
Famous British People

John Donne Fan-Club


John Donne has no Fans yet!

create pool

Famous People

Ask a Question about John Donne

Famous Tags

poet   poems   writer   journalist   author   prose writer   novelist   libra   verse   literary critic   playwright   dramatist   critic   sonnets   scorpio   translator   professor   leader   gemini   1870   symbolist   tradition   essayist   influence   diplomat   prose   satirist   1805   literature   aquarius   1902   helsby   1945   1867   1890   cheshire  

All Tags

[edit biography]

John Donne

 Q:   Ask a Question about John Donne       
John Donne John Donne (1571-1631) was a English metaphysical poet, whose work is characterized by subtle imagery and figurative language.

Short Biography:

In 1615 Donne took orders in the Church of England and as dean of St Paul's Cathedral, London, was noted for his sermons. His poetry includes the sonnets 'No man is an island' and 'Death be not proud', elegies, and satires.

Donne was brought up in the Roman Catholic faith, and matriculated early at Oxford to avoid taking the oath of supremacy. Before entering Lincoln's Inn as a law student in 1592 he travelled in Europe. During his four years at the law courts he was notorious for his wit and reckless living.

In 1596 he sailed as a volunteer with Essex and Raleigh, and on his return became private secretary to Sir Thomas Egerto n, Keeper of the Seal. This appointment was ended by his secret marriage to Ann More (died in 1617), niece of Egerton's wife, and they endured many years of poverty. The more passionate and tender of his love poems were probably written to her.

From 1621 to his death Donne was dean of St Paul's. His sermons rank him with the century's greatest orators, and his fervent poems of love and hate, violent, tender, or abusive, give him a unique position among English poets. His verse was not published in collected form until after his death, and was long out of favour, but he is now recognized as one of the greatest English poets.

Why is John Donne famous?

John Donne was a pre-eminent representative of the metaphysical poets.

John Donne Lists
1572 births
1631 deaths
People from the City of London
Anglican poets
English Anglican priests
Converts to Anglicanism from Roman Catholicism
English poets
English songwriters
English translators
Alumni of Hart Hall, Oxford
Anglican saints
People celebrated in the Lutheran liturgical calendar
Members of the pre-1707 English Parliament
Deans of St Paul's
Anglo-Welsh poets

John Donne Movies

No photo available
Devil Rider!
The Tavern
No photo available
John Donne Filmography

John Donne Videos
John Donne (Ketil Bjornstad) - The Anniversary


Tags: satires, poems, law

[edit tags]

Category: Poets  - ( Poets Archive)

Date Added: 09 January '12

Add a link to this page on any related website, blog or forum using this code :