Roy McAuley

Date of Award


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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.


A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of the University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts Department of English. Copyright 1949 Roy McAuley.

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