John Donne Quotes (165 quotes)
“Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”
John Donne: Selections from Divine Poems, Sermons, Devotions, and Prayers (1990 edition), Paulist Press - ISBN: 9780809131600
No. 9, The Autumnal, line 1. - Elegies
“But he who loveliness within
Hath found, all outward loathes,
For he who color loves, and skin,
Loves but their oldest clothes.”
The Undertaking, stanza 4.
“The Phoenix riddle hath more wit
By us, we two being one, are it.
So to one neutral thing both sexes fit,
We die and rise the same, and prove
Mysterious by this love.”
The Canonization, stanza 3.
Air and Angels, stanza 1.
“Whilst my physicians by their love are grown
Cosmographers, and their map, who lie
Flat on this bed.”
Hymn to God My God, in My Sickness, stanza 2.
“Absence, hear thou my protestation
Against thy strength,
Distance, and length;
Do what thou canst for alteration”
Poem Present in Absence
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsJohn Donne
Died: March 31, 1631 (aged 59)
Occupation: Poet, priest, lawyer
Bio: John Donne was an English poet, satirist, lawyer and a clergyman in the Church of England. He is considered the pre-eminent representative of the metaphysical poets. His works are noted for their strong, sensual style and include sonnets, love poetry, religious poems, Latin translations, epigrams, elegies, songs, satires and sermons.
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