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John Donne: Selections from Divine Poems, Sermons, Devotions and Prayers (Classics of Western Spirituality) Paperback – July 1, 1990

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JOHN E. BOOTY is Professor Emeritus of Church History at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. JUDITH MALTBY is Chaplain and Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

Stanwood is Professor of English at the University of British Columbia.
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  • Series: Classics of Western Spirituality (Paperback)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Press (July 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809131609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809131600
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"John Donne: Selections from Divine Poems, Sermons, Devotions, and Prayers" is a collection of Donne's work with a particular focus: those writings of Donne that especially reveal his Christian spirituality.

This Classics of Western Spirituality volume of Donne's writing begins with a lengthy introduction to Donne's works and provides not only a biography of Donne but also an account of his spiritual journey, and an introduction to his poems, sermons, devotions, and prayers. What emerges is a picture of Donne as much more than a master of English poetry.

As far as the poetry itself, 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.
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Donne is one of those people who defies neat classification. Is he a sensualist hypocrite who 'got religion' when debauchery exhausted him and he needed a secure income and so turned to the church. Or is he as complex and torn as the rest of us .. a 'both/and' figure? This volume gives material to help assess Donne. But (and maybe more to the point) it gives texts to lift us beyond ourselves to see higher and further plains. I keep Donne handy when travelling to challenging third world environments and use his poetry for daily moments of serendipitous escape.
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