John donne was the most outstanding of the english metaphysical poets and a churchman famous for his spellbinding sermons his poetry is noted for its ingenious fusion of wit and seriousness and represents a shift from classical models toward a more personal style. John donnes standing as a great english poet and one of the greatest writers of english prose is now assured however it has been confirmed only in the early 20th century the history of donnes reputation is the most remarkable of any major writer in english no other body of great poetry has fallen so far from favor for so long and been generally condemned as inept and crude. Sophisticated wit and intense emotion religious fervour and erotic sensuality delight in lifes pleasures and fascination with death are all to be found in the paradoxical poetry of john donne one of the foremost metaphysical poets donnes ingenious metaphors and inspired use of language has earned him affection and reverence in near equal . Read john donnes poems john donne was born in 1572 in london england he is known as the founder of the metaphysical poets a term created by samuel johnson an eighteenth century english essayist poet and philosopherthe loosely associated group also includes george herbert richard crashaw andrew marvell and john clevelandthe metaphysical poets are known for their ability to startle
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