Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
John Donne, seventeenth century writer, has always enjoyed a certain following as a literary man. He is appreciated now for his poetic genius, but in his day, he was better known as the author of sermons and religious arguments. Donne’s reputation as a poet and a preacher was in eclipse for many years, until revived in the past few decades by students who saw his real genius as a poet. Perhaps one reason Donne was neglected in the past is that he is such a difficult man to understand. Even today the average reader is apt to accept him as presented in most anthologies – a brilliant, difficult, and inconsistent poet.
McAuley, Roy, "The religious conversions of John Donne" (1949). Student Work. 3160.
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