The Life And Letters Of John Donne, Dean Of St. Paul's Volume 1

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byEdmund Gosse

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII CONTROVERSIAL WORKS--DIVINE POEMS The close of Donne's residence at Mitcham was distinguished by a remarkable literary activity; this was indeed the moment of his life, from 1609 to 1611, at which his powers seem to have been most closely centred on literature. It is convenient to break off the record of his career at this point, to recapitulate and to review the various compositions of these months. We meet, first of all, with three curious books, each on the borderland of theology, and yet written by a man still resolutely determined to avoid the profession of divinity. These three works, Pseudo-Martyr, Ignatius his Conclave, and Biathanatos, are completely independent in intention and scope, but they have this one feature in common, they are the result of the peculiar mental discipline which Donne had gone through as the secretary and coadjutor of Morton in his controversy with the Roman Church. For years, now, Donne had been giving his most earnest attention to the points in dispute between the Church'of England and the Papacy. He had been analysing and commentating, he had supplied Morton with an exact and copious precis of the arguments upon both sides. In the six volumes or tractates, which Morton had published, the mind of Donne had been ceaselessly active. Now, released from the service of the Dean, he continued to use his notes for his own purposes, reducing to order the spare material which remained at his hand. It has been noted by Dr. Jessopp that "even if we had not been told that [Donne] gave Morton constant and valuable help, a comparison of the authorities quoted and referred to in Morton's Catholic Appeal with those set down in Donne's Pseudo-Martyr, would convince a careful reader o£ the fact. The...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII CONTROVERSIAL WORKS--DIVINE POEMS The close of Donne's residence at Mitcham was distinguished by ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:104 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217354122

ISBN - 13:9780217354127

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