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John Donne's Poetry (Norton Critical Editions) 0th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0393926484
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About the Author

Donald R. Dickson is Professor of English at Texas A&M University. He is the author of Tessera of Antilia: Utopian Brotherhoods & Secret Societies in the Early Seventeenth Century and The Fountain of Living Waters: The Typology of the Waters of Life in Herbert, Vaughn, and Traherne. He is co-editor of Of Paradise and Light: Essays on Henry Vaughn and John Milton in Honor of Alan Rudrum, and The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne: The Anniversaries, Epicedes, and Obsequies.

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Product Details

  • Series: Norton Critical Editions
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (January 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393926486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393926484
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By NotATameLion on June 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
John Donne was truly a poetic master. Preeminent among the metaphysical poets, his talent shines brightly in both his early secular and later religious poetry. This volume is particularly useful in its helps with the texts and its discussion and analysis of the meaning and impact of his work. I find these aids useful indeed with a more "difficult" poet like Donne. This book is a good starting place for the study of John Donne's poetry.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAME on January 7, 2006
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This selection of the most important of Donne's poems complemented by critical articles that provide insight into the techniques and meanings of one of the most intellectually challenging of the great English poets is first -rate.

Donne's greatness as a poet is in part in his making passionate argument of ideas, in his fusing the world of sense and idea in startling combinations. His poems of Love and of Death are among the most profound and moving in the language.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fr. Charles Erlandson on March 3, 2011
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John Donne wrote some of the most beautiful, intelligent, and passionate poetry in the English language! With some poets you get 1 or 2 of these qualities: with Donne you get all 3, and so I highly recommend his poetry to all lovers of poetry and English literature. The language is archaic and at times difficult, but that's also some of its beauty and charm. What's more noteworthy but less noticed than the oldness of the language is how fresh and alive it still seems and must have seemed in centuries past! While I love Donne's poetry especially because of his intelligent and beautiful passion for God, even those without religious faith will appreciate the brilliance and glory of Donne's poetry.

If you're able to keep up with Donne's poetry, you'll discover startling phrases and juxtapositions which were frowned upon in ages past but which I find helps invigorate the modern reader. Whether your primary way of apprehending poetry is religious, intellectual, or aesthetic, Donne will be a delight to you as it does me. Donne's poetry also has a very personal association with me: when I was courting my wife and in the early years of my marriage, I would read her the poetry of Donne and George Herbert. She not only loved the poetry but loved me more for having read it to her!

This Norton Edition is the definitive collection of Donne's poetry, and at a decent price. Not only have the poems been based on the best manuscripts but there is also an abundance of critical apparatuses. "Donne and Metaphysical Poetry" includes seven seventeenth-century views by his contemporaries. "Satires, Elegies, and Verse Letters" includes seven selections that offer social and literary context for and insights into Donne's frequently overlooked early poems.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Teop Tnomrev on June 4, 2009
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"Donald Dickson's John Donne's Poetry is the best text of Donne now available. It is scrupulously edited, and equally useful for students and for scholars." --Harold Bloom

Harold Bloom is wrong. Period.

If you, as a reader, value Donne's own editorial punctuation - his indications as to how the meter of the poem should be read - don't buy this book. Dickson is inconsistent. He notes some of Donne's indications while he ignores others. What's worse, he gives the reader no indication that he is doing so. I strongly recommend Patride's edition of Donne's Complete English Poems. For a clear discussion of this, feel free to check out my post on "Batter my Heart" at my blog "PoemShape".

You will also find a link to Patride's edition (also at Amazon).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kara on November 9, 2013
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I really was very happy with price/condition of the book. I always prefer to source books through Amazon since the price point and selection seems to really be better than at my local bookstore giants.
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