Donne's education

Dennis Flynn

in The Oxford Handbook of John Donne

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Donne's education

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In many ways John Donne's own education represents a template of the conventional paths that was open to young Elizabethans. Little is recorded about Donne's education before the age of twelve, apart from a few comments he himself made. He thanked his mother in a Letter of 1616 for having been ‘so carefullie and so chargeablie diligent’ in providing him with expert and formative early schooling, under circumstances no doubt difficult and expensive. As Donne recalled it, from boyhood into adult life, the ‘hunger’ of his teachers for their own execution by the Elizabethan regime led to his being ‘ever kept awake in a Meditation of Martyrdome’. This article refers to Heywood's contribution towards the education of John Donne and also how Donne spent his years in more than one universities of England. An extensive list of the various scholarship offered on John Donne concludes this article.

Keywords: John Donne; Elizabethans; Elizabethan regime; Meditation of Martyrdom

Article.  7188 words. 

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

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