by Nicholas Robins
Poet and preacher John Donne is foremost among the metaphysical poets. Born into a Catholic family, he faced considerable persecution until his conversion to the Anglican Church, into which he was ordained in 1615. His sermons are some of the best known in history, and whilst much of his work is imbued with an overriding religious theme, he also penned love poetry, sonnets, satires and songs.
Nicholas Robins here presents an accomplished and concise biography of the life and career of Donne, charting his progress from an impoverished young writer to Dean of St Paul’s. Woven into his story are examples of Donne’s own writing to reveal the full richness of the poet.
Publication date: 01/10/2011