John Donne

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John Donne (1572 – March 31, 1631) was a Jacobean poet, satirist, lawyer and preacher/cleric in the Church of England. He is considered the founding figure of the so-called metaphysical poetry movement.


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Quote Left I would not that death should take me asleep. I would not have him meerly seise me, and onely declare me to be dead, but win me, and overcome ... Quote Right
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Quote Left 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 mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee. Quote Right
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Quote Left God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice. Quote Right
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Quote Left O my America! my new-found-land. Quote Right
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Quote Left Men have conceived a twofold use of sleep; it is a refreshing of the body in this life, and a preparing of the soul for the next. Quote Right
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