POETS Day! John Donne

Ben Sears

Ben Sears is a writer and restaurant guy in Birmingham, Alabama. He lives quite happily across from a creek with his wife, two sons, and an obligatory dog. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog, The Columbo Game.

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  1. Saul Degraw

    How can you have a post on John Donne and not mention that Oppenheimer named Trinity after a Donne sonnet?

    Batter my heart, three-person’d God, for you
    As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;
    That I may rise and stand, o’erthrow me, and bend
    Your force to break, blow, burn, and make me new.
    I, like an usurp’d town to another due,
    Labor to admit you, but oh, to no end;
    Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend,
    But is captiv’d, and proves weak or untrue.
    Yet dearly I love you, and would be lov’d fain,
    But am betroth’d unto your enemy;
    Divorce me, untie or break that knot again,
    Take me to you, imprison me, for I,
    Except you enthrall me, never shall be free,
    Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.Report

  2. Saul Degraw

    The New Yorker recently had an essay on John Donne as a proto-modern poet: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/10/10/john-donnes-proto-modernismReport

  3. Chris

    Donne did write some of the sexiest poems ever, though.Report

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