Our guide to Donne is the award-winning poet and critic Dana Gioia (former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts), whose introduction to the Reading helps us better understand Donne’s thought and life so that we can better understand and enjoy his poetry.
In particular, Gioia addresses the seeming contradictions of the poet, soldier, scholar, and lover who late in life reluctantly became one of the finest preachers of his day. He helps us see the connections between Donne’s sometimes scandalous love poetry and his incisive spiritual verse.
What does the erotic have to do with the eternal? How do we reconcile our loves? Donne’s life and writings offer provocative perspectives to help spur our own reflection.
Discussion guide included.
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