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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid critical edition with extensive notes, 2 Jan 2010
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This review is from: John Donne's Poetry (Norton Critical Editions) (Paperback)
For serious students, this Norton Critical Edition provides an excellent introduction to Donne's poetry and extensive apparatus to the poems. It goes substantially beyond most A-level textbook editions, so will suit undergraduates, and also A-level students looking to make a very strong case to university interviewers of their knowledge and skills on the metaphysical poets. It covers all of Donne's poetry, both the earlier Songs and Sonnets and the later Divine Poems, as well as other miscellaneous poems not frequently anthologised.

As a paperback, this is not the edition to buy if you are looking for something to own, treasure, and occasionally dip into: something nicely hard-backed without all those tedious notes would be rather better. Instead, this is the kind of book at its best when it has become dog-eared with much study, and (possibly) covered in pencil notes.

But it's also a good edition if you have a passing interest in Donne and want to make sense of the poems. Like the other metaphysicals, Donne's poetry is rich with contemporary scientific, geographical and cultural references, many of which will be lost on the modern reader without the notes.

Do note that you will not find the famous 'No man is an island...', nor 'it is a fearfulle thing to fall into the hands of the living God'; these are among his prose works.
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11 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars metaphysical poet par exellance, 12 Dec 2000
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Donne has been my favorit poet scince my english teacher read 'A Nocturnal upon St. Lucy's Day' to the class and a 'Nocturanal' has remaind my most cherished poem. Although I am just an insignificant english student - not even at university and hardly worthy of Donne, he still has the ability to touch a chord in me with every one of his poems. They are not poems to read once and not think about - they will make no sence if you do. They are poems that need to be re-read a few times ones that you have to tax your brain about, but once you have, you will find the whole secret world of the metaphisical opened up to you and you will be hooked to Donne for life. This collection of Donne's poems holds several of my facorits and consists of a very wide selection of his poems ranging from his Devine Sonnets to his Songs. The essays at the back of the book help to open the door to some of Donne's more complex poems just that little bit more and are well worth reading. Donne is a must for all poetry lovers and I strongly recomend this books to all those who are iether already a passionat fan or are yet to be inisiated.
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