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QU POLIS: Selected Poetry and Prose of John Donne
May 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
This class is two days: May 1 and May 3.
The class is taught by Dr. Joseph Messina.
“Never send to know for whom the bell tolls it tolls for thee.” “Death, be not proud, though some have called thee mighty and dreadful….Death, thou shalt die.” These are some of the memorable lines of the 17th century English poet and Anglican divine John Donne. The poetry and prose of John Donne (1572-1631) made a strong impression upon his contemporaries as they fashioned their own styles. He also was a major influence upon English and American writers of the 20th century such as T.S. Eliot, who believed that Donne exhibited qualities of thought and feeling which had since his time been lost.
In this class we’ll look at Donne’s love poetry and his religious poetry, as well as the marvelous prose he composed for his own devotions and for preaching at court and from the pulpit of St. Paul’s, where he served as dean for many years. We’ll see whether we can identify the unifying elements in the varied production of Donne’s exciting and interesting mind.
A selection from Donne’s poetry will be sent to you at least two weeks before the first session.
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