Friend of both Izaak Walton and Ben Jonson, John Donne was the most famous of the metaphysical poets of the 17th century, a group that included George Herbert and Henry Vaughan. Placing a premium on intellectual wit, learned imagery, and subtle argument, Donne's poems have remained some of the most enduring from this period. Created as part of the Luminarium Project by Anniina Jokinen, the site features the complete works of John Donne, including spoken word versions of many of his poems. The additional resources section is quite helpful, as it contains many different biographical sketches of Donne, along with a number of images of Donne from his childhood to his appointment as the Dean of St. Paul's in 1621. Scholars will be pleased to find a page of critical essays on Donne's works available here, some written by students, some by faculty, and one particularly trenchant commentary by T.S. Eliot.
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