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John Donne in the Nineteenth Century

Dayton Haskin


In 1906, having been assigned Izaak Walton's Life of Donne to read for his English class, a Harvard freshman heard a lecture on the long disparaged ‘metaphysical’ poets. Years later, when an appreciation of these poets was considered a consummate mark of a modernist sensibility, T. S. Eliot was routinely credited with having ‘discovered’ Donne himself. This book tracks the myriad ways in which Donne was lodged in literary culture during the Romantic and Victorian periods. The early chapters document a first revival of interest when Walton's Life was said to be ‘in the hands of every reader’; t ... More

Keywords: Izaak Walton, John Donne, metaphysical poets, T. S. Eliot, Romantic, Victorian, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Works, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Harvard University

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199212422
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212422.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dayton Haskin, author
Professor of English, Boston College
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