The Great Poets - John Donne Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Jun 2010
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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.
About the Author
John Donne was Educated at Oxford and Cambridge, he studied law in London, and in 1598 became secretary to Thomas Egerton keeper of the Great Seal. His career prospects were excellent, but his secret marriage to the Lord Keeper's niece had him dismissed and cast into prison. Originally a Catholic, he then joined the established Church, eventually taking Orders. He was made dean of St Paul's, where his sermons were extremely popular. His creative years fall into three periods. The first was a time of passion and cynicism, as seen in his Elegies and Songs and Sonnets. The second, from his marriage to his ordination, was a period of anguished meditation and flattery of the great, as seen in his anniversaries and funeral poems. His third includes sonnets and hymns. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
Quite recently I also read 'John Donne: The Reformed Soul' by John Stubbs, and this helped set the poems in context. I would recommend both books to new and old Donne enthusiasts.
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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