John Donne (1572-1631) is perhaps the most important poet of the seventeenth century, and has often been referred to as the founder of the metaphysical genre. His poetry is highly distinctive and individual, adopting a multitude of tones, images, forms, and personae. This collection of Donne's verse includes a wide selection from both his secular and divine poems, including such well-known poems as "Air and Angels," "The Flea," the "Holy Sonnets", and "The Progress of the Soul." The poems are provided with full Notes and a useful Introduction to Donne's life and poetry.
A comprehensive selection of Donne's (1572-1631) works, containing, in addition to the poems, excerpts from all the prose writings, as well as the full text of his last sermon Death's duel. The introduction by Carey (English literature, Oxford and author, John Donne: life, mind and art) locates Donne's writing in its turbulent social and historical context. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)