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Selected Poetry (Oxford World's Classics) [Paperback]

John Donne , John Carey
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4 Jun 1998 0192834908 978-0192834904 New edition
John Donne (1572-1631) is perhaps the most important poet of the seventeenth century. In his day it seemed to his admirers that Donne had changed the literary universe, and he is now widely regarded as the founder of the metaphysical `school'. Donne's poetry is highly distinctive and individual, adopting a multitude of rhythms, images, forms, and personae, from irresistible seducer to devout believer. His greatness stems from the subtleties and ambivalences of tone that convey his remarkably modern awareness of the instability of the self. This collection of Donne's verse is chosen from the Oxford Authors critical edition of his major works. It includes a wide selection from his secular and divine poems, such as the rebellious and libertine satires and love elegies, the virtuoso Songs and Sonnets, and the desperate, passionate Holy Sonnets. John Carey's introduction and extensive notes provide valuable insights into Donne's poetic genius.


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (4 Jun 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192834908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192834904
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,495,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"To all appearances the first and the only inclusive anthology of Donne with a sound set of notes, and a bargain at that."--Daniel Kinney, University of Virginia"Great anthology; a representative and rich sampling of the profane and sacred thoughts of this giant. No ancillary text needed; this has it all."--Harold J. Baxter, Trinity College, Illinois"Excellent edition."--Gerald Richman, Suffolk University"Like the other volumes in this series, the Donne is an example of real scholarship put to constructive use."--Edwin Briggs, Wheaton College"An excellent edition."--Juanita Kirk, College of the Ozarks --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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John Carey is Merton Professor of English Literature at Oxford University.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teenage enthusiasm revisited and rewarded 9 Jun 2012
By A. Toop
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I studied (loosely speaking) John Donne for A-level back in the sixties. There was always something wonderful about the love poems particularly, that flowed directly into the very being of the reader and yet demanded some effort to get the full flavour. On revisiting them via this Kindle edition I find things have only got better. They are made to be read aloud - so hang the neighbours and do it! The print is excellent and the editing good. Admittedly this edition only scratches the surface, but I hope that others, particularly new readers, will find within these pages the encouragement to go deeper and learn more of this fascinating man, his life and his work.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to his work 20 Feb 2007
By William Burn VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
The review which appears on this page seems to be rather out-of-place, inasmuch as, despite her many qualities, Vanessa Redgrave has little to do with John Donne's poetry, at least in any direct sense. As such, it seems a new review is necessary.

The majority of people who buy this book will be in the business of studying it, and for that purpose it is well equipped. The text has been modernised, but those who need an original spelling edition will not be looking at a "selected" edition, so we need not let that worry us. Indeed, there is much to be said for setting the idiosyncrasies of 16th century orthography to one side, although the modern rendering sometimes loses the charm of the original, and flexibility of the old spelling system did allow for a reflection of stresses that are no longer so clear.

If you are not studying Donne, then this volume will give you all the poems you need, and many more. All the favourites are here, from the bawdy through to the divine, and there are dozens more gems to be found.

My only caveat with this edition lies with the introduction by John Carey. In many ways it is excellent, but it would have been useful to have had more grounding in contemporary context. However, there exists the excellent Cambridge Companion to John Donne which offers a far more detailed range of essays.

So the decision has to be reached as to whether this deserves four or five stars. The poetry, of course, is belittled by even the highest star rating, but the edition is not yet perfect. However, for most people's needs it is far more than sufficient, and besides, it's John Donne, who remains the finest poet ever to have written in the English language.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value access 15 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
While Donne would never be my favourite poet, I realised to my shame that it was a very long time since I had read him. Using the Kindle download was a simple and inexpensive way to put that right. The problem, of course, with kindle poetry books is that poetry is a genre where you may wish to read and re-read the poems in a different order. Getting to a specific poem is a slow process. (Hence four stars, not five) I would suggest to the people who create Kindle versions of books that poetry books are always made with an active contents page so that you are taken to the page you want. That aside, I am very happy with my purchase.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Selection of Donne 30 April 2009
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This is a good selection of poetry from the most well known and best metaphysical poet. There is everything you would expect from a collection of John Donne's work including his songs, sonnets, elegies and even his letters in verse.

I can't say that Donne is one of my favourite poets to read but he is without doubt a master of the language and I particularly like `The Flea'. This particular edition has a chronology of Donne's life and times, a decent intro and some thorough notes.
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