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Holy Sonnets

John Donne (1572-1631)

00:00(1/19) Holy Sonnet I – Thou hast made me, and shall Thy work decay?00:00
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1. Holy Sonnet I – Thou hast made me, and shall Thy work decay?
2. Holy Sonnet II – As due by many titles I resign my self to Thee…
3. Holy Sonnet III – O might those sighs and tears return again…
4. Holy Sonnet IV – Oh my black soul! now art thou summoned…
5. Holy Sonnet V – I am a little world made cunningly…
6. Holy Sonnet VI – This is my play’s last scene…
7. Holy Sonnet VII – At the round earth’s imagin’d corners…
8. Holy Sonnet VIII – If faithful angels be alike glorified…
9. Holy Sonnet IX – If poisonous minerals…
10. Holy Sonnet X – Death, be not proud…
11. Holy Sonnet XI – Spit in my face you Jews…
12. Holy Sonnet XII – Why are we by all creatures waited on?
13. Holy Sonnet XIII – What if this present were the world’s last night?
14. Holy Sonnet XIV – Batter my heart, three-personed God…
15. Holy Sonnet XV – Wilt thou love God, as he thee?
16. Holy Sonnet XVI – Father, part of his double interest…
17. Holy Sonnet XVII – Since she whom I loved hath paid her last debt…
18. Holy Sonnet XVIII – Show me dear Christ, thy spouse so bright and clear…
19. Holy Sonnet XIX – Oh, to vex me, contraries meet in one…

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Summary

John Donne (1572 – March 31, 1631) was a Jacobean poet and preacher, representative of the metaphysical poets of the period. His works, notable for their realistic and sensual style, include sonnets, love poetry, religious poems, Latin translations, epigrams, elegies, songs, satires and sermons. His poetry is noted for its vibrancy of language and immediacy of metaphor, compared with that of his contemporaries.Towards the end of his life Donne wrote works that challenged death, and the fear that it inspired in many men, on the grounds of his belief that those who die are sent to Heaven to live eternally. One example of this challenge is his Holy Sonnet X, from which come the famous lines “Death, be not proud, though some have called thee mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so.”