John Donne, The Poetry Of (Audiobook)
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Read by Richard Mitchley, Ghizela Rowe & Gideon Wagner (Unabridged: 1hr 1min)

John Donne was born on 22nd January 1572 in London into a Roman Catholic family when Catholicism was illegal in England and there was turbulence and unrest with both state and church throughout much of Europe. His father, also named John, died when he was 4 and his mother, Elizabeth Heywood married a wealthy widower, ensuring the family were looked after. He received a good education in both Oxford and Cambridge but was unable to obtain a degree without taking the Oath of Supremacy, which as a Catholic, he refused to do.

During the 1590's Donne wrote a wide range of verse including both erotic and sacred poems, creating two major volumes of work. His strong, vivacious and sensual style fusing intellect and passion as well as inventive use of subtle argument and syntax provided a new radical perspective that reached beyond his contemporaries and continues to chime and charm poetry lovers throughout the ages.

Difficult to believe that with this enormous talent, Donne, lived in poverty for many years, exacerbated by his secret marriage to Ann More, which meant no dowry, and their having twelve children. Later he served in Parliament and became Dean of St Pauls in 1621, noted for his learned and charismatic sermons.

John Donne died in London on 31st March, 1631 but leaves an enormous legacy of many splendid and influential poems. He was known as the founder of the Metaphysical Poets and is widely regarded as one of Britain's best loved poets.


In this compilation - 

01 - John Donne - An Introduction
02 - The Sunne Rising by John Donne
03 - Daybreak by John Donne
04 - Lovers' Infiniteness by John Donne
05 - Time And Absence by John Donne
06 - Present in Absence by John Donne
07 - Self-Love by John Donne
08 - Sweetest Love I Do Not Go by John Donne
09 - Stay O Sweet by John Donne
10 - The Dream by John Donne
11 - The Good Morrow by John Donne
12 - Love's Deity by John Donne
13 - The Undertaking by John Donne
14 - The Ectasy by John Donne
15 - The Message by John Donne
16 - The Flea by John Donne
17 - The Prohibition by John Donne
18 - The Primrose by John Donne
19 - The Storm by John Donne
20 - For Whom the Bell Tolls by John Donne
21 - Holy Sonnets I by John Donne
22 - Holy Sonnets III by John Donne
23 - Holy Sonnets V by John Donne
24 - Holy Sonnets VII by John Donne
25 - Holy Sonnets VIII by John Donne
26 - Holy Sonnets XIV by John Donne
27 - Holy Sonnets XVIII by John Donne
28 - A Nocturnal Upon St Lucy's Day, Being the Shortest Day by John Donne
29 - A Hymn to God the Father by John Donne
30 - Nativity by John Donne
31 - The Relic by John Donne
32 - Witchcraft By a Picture by John Donne
33 - The Expiration by John Donne
34 - A Valediction, Forbidding Mourning by John Donne
35 - The Funeral by John Donne
36 - Death Be Not Proud by John Donne