"Who are a little wise the best fools be." - Triple Fool
Essays on Renaissance Literature : Donne and the New Philosophy
(William Empson, John Haffenden)
A collection of the critic's most passionate and controversial essays includes previously inaccessible pieces on influential Renaissance writers and scientists. It is a book for those interested in the Renaissance, the history of science and the history of literary criticism.
John Donne : The Poems (Analysing Texts)
John Donne's poems are some of the most challenging and stimulating in the English literary heritage. One of the Renaissance's most human voices, his reputation as a poet has grown steadily since his death in 1631, fuelled by his great influence on later poets such as Coleridge, Browning and T.S. Eliot. This book looks at the entire range of his poetic output, from the erotic to the divine, from satires to sonnets. Through detailed analysis of a large number of individual poems, most reproduced complete, Donne's intellectual vitality and unique poetic voice are fully explored.
The Complete Poetry and Selected Prose of John Donne (Modern Library Series)
(John Donne, Charles M. Coffin
This Modern Library edition contains all of John Donne's great metaphysical love poetry. Here are such well-known songs and sonnets as "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning", "The Extasie", and "A Nocturnall Upon S. Lucies Day," along with the love elegies "Jealosie", "His Parting From Her", and "To His Mistris Going to Bed". Presented as well are Donne's satires, epigrams, verse letters, and holy sonnets, along with his most ambitious and important poems, the Anniversaries. In addition, there is a generous sampling of Donne's prose, including many of his private letters; B>Ignatius His Conclave, a satiric onslaught on the Jesuits; excerpts from Biathanatos, his celebrated defense of suicide; and his most famous sermons, concluding with the final "Death's Duell". "We have only to read [Donne]," wrote Virginia Woolf, "to submit to the sound of that passionate and penetrating voice, and his figure rises again across the waste of the years more erect, more imperious, more inscrutable than any of his time."