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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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Well written and more than a detective story with characters well drawn the book of poems by John Donne is just exceptionalPublished on 10 Aug. 2013 by alan craig