Heather Dubrow and M. Thomas Hester

in The Oxford Handbook of John Donne

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199218608
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature


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Studying Donne generically casts new light on issues central to his major writings and to Donne studies in general, the Introduction states. In addition to points about specific poems, the work in Part II, through attention to genre, reveals many larger, overarching issues about Donne’s work, his engagement with both the history of the genres in which he participates and the connections of his genres to historical circumstances, usefully drawing attention to the frequency with which Donne’s texts focus on patterns of historical change in other arenas—though this interest in history is as various in its forms and as volatile in its moods as two of the many texts that exemplify it, Metem and the Anniversaries.

Keywords: Donne; genre; history of the genres; historical circumstances; historical change

Article.  2611 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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