The Songs and Sonnets of John Donne
translated by Kline, A. S. (contact-email),
John Donne’s “Songs and Sonnets” is a collection of lyrical poetry exemplifying the metaphysical style of the late Renaissance period. Donne, an English poet and cleric, employs witty conceits and dramatic elements to explore complex themes such as love, death, and religious faith. Noted for their emotional intensity and philosophical depth, these poems often challenge and redefine contemporary notions of love. The language is characterised by paradox, hyperbole, and a strikingly direct engagement with the reader. Donne’s poetry signifies a shift away from the decorative qualities of Elizabethan amorous verse, favouring instead a tone that is more personal and dialogic.
Kline, A. S.
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