The sermon

Jeanne Shami

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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This article focuses on the idea of sermon with special reference to John Donne's works. Only six of Donne's sermons were published during his lifetime. His eldest son arranged for the printing of his father's sermons in three great folios in the seventeenth century, but they were not revived until the nineteenth century, when Henry Alford published most of them in his six-volume edition of Donne's works. This article also elaborates upon as to why Donne's sermons should be read. It says that we ought to read Donne's sermons because they were important cultural events that established his reputation as a preacher in their own day. His professional gifts were so eminent that within a year he had been offered fourteen clerical positions. Donne's sermons are a lens through which to understand his culture, not because they are representative but because they are unique. His sermons reveal clearly the hotly contested matters of his day.

Keywords: sermon; Henry Alford; Donne's sermons; professional gifts

Article.  14298 words. 

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

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