Donne, By Hand

Tom Lockwood

in Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 167, 2009 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264775
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734984 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Donne, By Hand

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This chapter presents the text of a lecture on John Donne's poetry given at the British Academy's 2009 Chatterton Lecture on History. This text analyses the claims made in H.J.C. Grierson's The Poems of John Donne that John Donne is a manuscript poet for the twentieth century and a poet of, and for, the new university discipline of English. It argues that subsequent understandings of Donne and his works, in manuscript and print, and by different audiences, are necessary elements of the poet we read today.

Keywords: John Donne; poetry; H.J.C. Grierson; The Poems of John Donne; manuscript poet

Chapter.  11010 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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