John Donne's poems are some of the most challenging and stimulating in the English literary heritage. This book looks at the entire range of his poetic output, from the erotic to the divine, from satires to sonnets. Through detailed analysis of a large number of individual poems, Donne's intellectual vitality and unique poetic voice is entertainingly explored. The practical techniques are explained clearly, and when applied to the work of other poets, will enable the reader to feel confident in understanding and discussing even the most demanding verse.
JOE NUTT is Lead Consultant at CfBT Education Trust, and previously taught English at the City of London School.
Introduction.- PART ONE: ANALYSING JOHN DONNE'S POETRY.- Elegies and Lust.- Satire.- The Intensity of Love.- Confusion and Doubt.- The Poet and Mortality.- From Secular to Divine.- Divine Poetry.- PART TWO: THE CONTEXT AND THE CRITICS.- John Donne's Life and Works.- The Critical History.- Contemporary Critical Views.