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Selected Poetry of John Donne (1572-1631)

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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
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

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Index to poems

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
          (Devotions upon Emergent Occasions, no. 6)
  1. Air and Angels
  2. An Anatomy of the World (The First Anniversary) (excerpt)
  3. The Apparition
  4. The Bait
  5. A Burnt Ship
  6. The Calm
  7. The Canonization
  8. The Dream
  9. The Ecstasy
  10. Elegy IX: The Autumnal
  11. Elegy V: His Picture
  12. The Funeral
  13. Good Friday, 1613. Riding Westward
  14. The Good-morrow
  15. Holy Sonnets: At the round earth's imagin'd corners, blow
  16. Holy Sonnets: Batter my heart, three-person'd God
  17. Holy Sonnets: Death, be not proud
  18. Holy Sonnets: I am a little world made cunningly
  19. Holy Sonnets: If poisonous minerals, and if that tree
  20. Holy Sonnets: Show me dear Christ, thy spouse so bright and clear
  21. Holy Sonnets: Since she whom I lov'd hath paid her last debt
  22. Holy Sonnets: This is my play's last scene
  23. Holy Sonnets: Thou hast made me, and shall thy work decay?
  24. Hymn to God, My God, in my Sickness
  25. A Hymn to God the Father
  26. The Indifferent
  27. A Lame Begger
  28. A Lecture upon the Shadow
  29. Lovers' Infiniteness
  30. Love's Alchemy
  31. Love's Deity
  32. A Nocturnal upon St. Lucy's Day
  33. Of the Progress of the Soul: The Second Anniversary (excerpt)
  34. The Relic
  35. Satire III
  36. Satire IV (excerpt)
  37. Song: Go and catch a falling star
  38. Song: Sweetest love, I do not go
  39. The Sun Rising
  40. The Triple Fool
  41. A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
  42. A Valediction: of Weeping

Notes on Life and Works

All the poems by Donne included here, except "The First Anniversary" (1611) and "The Second Anniversary" (1612), were first published, after Donne's death, in the 1633 or 1635 editions of Poems, by J. D. Most of the non-religious poems may have been written by the time he was twenty-five.

Biographical information

Given name: John
Family name: Donne
Birth date: 1572
Death date: 31 March 1631
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: John Donne
          mother: Elizabeth Donne
          wife: Anne Donne (from December 1600)
          son: George Donne
          son: John Donne
          daughter: Constance Alleyn Harvey
          daughter: Margaret Bowles
          daughter: Elizabeth Donne
          daughter: Bridget Gardiner
          Hart Hall, Oxford: 23 October 1584
          Thavies Inn: 1591
          Lincoln's Inn: 6 May 1592
          Roman Catholic: 1573
          M.A., Oxford: 10 October 1610
          Gold medal, commemoration of the Synod of Dort: 19 December 1619
Patron: Lucy Harrington, Countess of Bedford
Literary period: Seventeenth century
Occupation: Divine
          London: 1573
          Pyrford: 1600 to 1604
          Peckham: 1604
Illness: Typhoid fever: November 1623
Buried at: St. Paul's
First RPO edition: 1997