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Selected Poetry of John Bunyan (1628-1688)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2005, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

Children become, while little, our delights,
When they grow bigger, they begin to fright's.
        (Upon the Disobedient Child, 1-2)
  1. Of Man by Nature
  2. The Pilgrim
  3. Upon Apparel
  4. Upon the Disobedient Child
  5. Upon the Vine-tree
  6. Upon Time and Eternity


Notes on Life and Works

John Bunyan was born at Elstow, near Bedford, and baptized Nov. 30, 1628, the son of a tinker, and like his father a tinker. He joined joined the parliamentary forces in the English civil war in 1644. On leaving, he married in 1646 a pious woman whose only dowry was two books, The Plain Man's Pathway to Heaven and Lewis Bayly's The Practice of Piety. They had four children. In 1657 Bunyan joined the Baptist church and became an unlicensed preacher. For refusing to conform, he was jailed from 1660 to 1672. During his Imprisonment he wrote and in 1666 published both Grace Abounding, one Of the best autobiographies ever produced, and The Holy City. Released in 1672, licensed at last for preaching, Bunyan was again imprisoned for six months in 1675. Afterwards he turned to write The Pilgrim's Progress (1678), the best-read book in English until the twentieth century. Other books follows: Life and Death of Mr. Badman (1680), The Holy War (1682), and The Pilgrim's Progress, part 2 (1684). He died of complications from a chill on August 31, 1688, and was buried in Bunhill Fields.

Biographical information

Given name: John
Family name: Bunyan
Birth date: 1628
Death date: 31 August 1688
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: Thomas Bunyan
          mother: Margaret Bunyan
          wife: Elizabeth Bunyan
          son: John Bunyan
          son: Joseph Bunyan
          son: Thomas Bunyan
          daughter: Elizabeth Bunyan
          daughter: Mary Bunyan
          daughter: Sarah Bunyan
Language: English
Education: Bedford grammar school ?
Religion: Baptist: 1653
Literary period: Seventeenth century
Occupations
          Brasier
          Soldier: 1644 to 1646
          Deacon: 1655
          Preacher: 1657
Residences
          Elstow, Bedfordshire: 1628 to 1644
          Elstow, Bedfordshire: 1646 to 1655
          Bedford: 1655 to 1660
          Bedford jail : 1660 to 1672
          Bedford: 1672 to 1688
Illness: Consumption: 1655
Cause of death: Fever
Buried at: Mr. Strudwick's vault, Bunhill Fields, Finsbury
First RPO edition: 1999