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April 01, 2009



It took me till I was in my 40s to learn to love Donne - at University I hadn't a clue. Says something about the lecturer of the day, I fear.

Jim Gordon

I agree Chris. Even now I find some of Donne is hard work. Not a complaint, but it does mean I have a "selected Donne" of poems I revisit quite often - amongst them this Hymn to God the Father.

Rosemary Hannah

Jack Donne was my second poet, Keats being the first. As a lonely 17 year old, he was friend and flirt. And he remains one of the very few writers of any kind who is so close to me that I can hardly tell where they end and I begin.

My daughter loves him too, and smuggled the 'Good Morrow' into her civil wedding - there is a blanket ban on Donne but she attributed it to 'anon'.

I think however that Herbert is the greater religious poet - he has better breadth of theology, I feel. I suspect that prayer as 'heaven in ordinary, man well dressed' would be beyond Donne. But I do really love Donne.

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