John Donne: English Poet and Cleric

John Donne wrote poetry inspired by biblical themes. He wrote a poem called "The Lamentations of Jeremy," a poetic translation of Lamentations from Latin into English. Donne is noted for his transformation from womanizer to Reverend Dr. Donne, dean of St. Paul's Cathedral—a poet who became a priest in 1615 at the insistence of King James.

The artistry of his poems becoming the artistry of his sermons; prose largely unnoticed until decades after his death. When "Donne's Sermons: Selected Passages" was published in 1919, the Quarterly Review called them "a masterpiece of English prose." In 1632, Donne gave one of his last and best-known sermons, a meditation on Jesus's last hours using the text of Psalm 68: "And unto God the LORD belong the issues of death."

Share

More Book Minute Features

December 02, 2019

Making Parchment

Scribes charged with reproducing portions of scripture have been called, “the techies of the ancient world.”Utilizing cutting edge technology of their...
November 25, 2019

Lincoln Bible

Did you know that the iconic ”Lincoln Bible” was actually not Lincoln’s personal Bible, but was that used at his inaugural in 1861? Lincoln traveled t...
November 18, 2019

Tyndale Bible

William Tyndale was the first to print the New Testament in the English language in 1526. And ten years later, he was executed for heresy. Tyndale’s N...