John Donne

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1572-1631
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The English poet and Anglican priest John Donne (1572-1631) wrote in two distinctly different styles. His early poems reveled in earthly, sensual pleasure and satirized political corruption. After he joined the church, his work grew pious and somber. Known as a Metaphysical poet, Donne was a master of extended metaphor.