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The Poems of John Donne is one volume paperback edition of the poems of John Donne based on a comprehensive re-evaluation of his work from composition to circulation and reception. Donne's output is tremendously varied in style and form and demonstrates his ability to exercise his rhetorical capabilities according to context and occasion.

This edition aims to present the text of all his known poems, from the epigrams, songs and satires written for fellow young men about town, to the more mature verse-epistles and memorial elegies written for his patrons. The Longman Annotated English Poets series traditionally aims to present poems in chronological order; in this edition, however, the principle has been observed only within generic sections.

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This organisation reproduces the manner in which Donne's original readers first encountered the poems in the various manuscripts of his elegies and satires that circulated in Donne's lifetime. The lyrics have been arranged alphabetically for ease of reference and because, in all but a few cases, precise date of composition is impossible to determine.

Each poem has extensive editorial commentary designed to put the twenty-first century reader in possession of all that is necessary fully to appreciate Donne's work. A substantial headnote sets each poem in its historical and literary context, while the annotations give detailed guidance on the wealth of classical and religious allusions and give full representation to the literary, historical and philosophical culture out of which the poems grew. In keeping with the traditions of the series, Donne's own text has been modernised in punctuation and spelling except where to do so would alter or disrupt a rhyme.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. In my opinion, it is worth the money. Donne is a tough poet, and the notes in this edition are considerable. They are right on the page, in footnote fashion, so easy to locate or skip, as you wish. And they are meaty. Just as important to me is the quality of the binding. Although a paperback, this is a very tough book, with a sewn binding and sturdy pages. It's pretty hefty for reading on the couch which is where I do most of my reading but by no means impossible.

But I think the notes make it worth the money. I hope you get as much joy out of the poems and notes as I am getting. I really, really enjoyed the Longman edition of Andrew Marvell ed. Nigel Smith , and was under the impression that the format of this book would reflect the format of the Marvell edition; unfortunately, it did not.


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The Marvell edition has more width, and is thus easier to keep open when reading poems. The Donne edition, however, is far more bulky and compact, which makes it extremely difficult to keep open. Other than that, though, I have enjoyed the annotations comprising this Longman edition.

Arguably the finest edition of John Donne's poetry out there. Format: Paperback. I love his poetry but he seems to hate me in response.

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How do I know that? Because I thoroughly enjoy reading his craggy, convoluted verse with all of its twists and turns of thought and various shades of meaning. I derive pleasure from his insidiously clever use of language, conjuring words that mean exactly what they say as a prelude to weaving phrases that mock you with their obscurity and their utter disconnection from anything that's gone before in the poem.

Donne responds to my affection by donning the coat of a poetic chameleon, altering the meaning of a poem every time you think you've pinned him down and grasped what he's getting at. As much as I enjoy reading Donne's poetry, I often feel that he's being willfully obscure. He hates being understood and he wants you to know it. Because of the difficulty of Donne's poetry, his "affecting the metaphysicals" as Dryden accused him of doing, a guide to his poetry is a necessary item in any reader's arsenal.

I have at least a dozen different collections of Donne's poetry in my library. Some are quite good in explicating the poems they contain, Some are more comprehensive than others in their contents. But of all of the Donne collections that I own, none approach this Longman's annotated edition in overall quality. It is complete, containing all of the poems attributed to Donne.

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It is exhaustively annotated, with notes that are as lengthy as necessary, laying on the same page as the poem so that reference is quick and easy without being intrusive. The headnotes are extensive and an absolute boon to the reader as a thorough preparation to reading a particular poem. Even the superb illustrations of manuscripts or of early editions that are included in these Longman's annotated volumes are informative.

The ability to place a poet's work in historical context has become a necessity, given the vast amount of recent scholarship that has broadened our knowledge about all of the great 17th century poets.

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Of no poet is this more true than John Donne, whose work has become something of a touchstone for studying the poetry of that era. The Longman's Annotated Donne does a superb job of placing all of his work in historical context and is the clearest, most comprehensive guide to understanding his poetry. Donne is a wonderful poet but he is often an obscure one. There is nothing quite like the thrill of that moment of understanding and lucidity, when the scrim lifts and the meaning of a poem becomes apparent. Donne requires a little work but he will definitely reward the effort.

I think Longman's Annotated John Donne is the finest collection of his poetry currently available and the one to own.

If this rating was on content alone, I would wish for more stars than five to give it. It is a wonderful text, certainly the best scholarly edition of Donne's poetry there is. I am glad to own such a definitive edition of Donne's poetry.

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However, I do wish it was less compact. I've had other Longman editions that are wider and seem to stay open better. I believe I got this through Amazon Spain. If editorial perfection exist this is very close to it. Any comparisons with other editions will be odious. This is the best edition of Donne's poems that I have seen so far. If you need the best, then get it.

Then the Variorum volumes. Thank you very much, Amazon and Longman. See all 6 customer reviews.

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