Donne: The Final Period

Clayton D. Lein

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: The Final Period

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This article chronicles the final period of John Donne. Donne had departed for Germany in 1619, fearful he might die abroad; he returned to England with James Hay, Viscount Doncaster, at the beginning of 1620, flush with success, for he carried with him a precious gold medal presented to him by the delegates of the Synod of Dort. He doubtless knew that only his friend Joseph Hall had been so honoured by the States General: even the other British delegates to the Synod had received silver versions. Donne cherished its value and pointedly regarded it as a personal tribute, bequeathing it to his ‘welbeloved’ friend Henry King as ‘that Medall of gold of the Synod of Dort which the States presented me w th all at the Hague’. Donne's responsibilities at St Paul's also involved the supervision of a large ecclesiastical establishment. Donne's greatest achievement in his final years was the forging of an extraordinarily complex, ‘almost unique brand of churchmanship’.

Keywords: period; John Donne; churchmanship; ecclesiastical establishment; James Hay; Viscount Doncaster

Article.  7786 words. 

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

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