John Donne


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  • Hi, My name is John Donne! And this is the story of how I became the innovative writer I am known for today.
  • Born into a Catholic family in 1572, during a strong anti-Catholic Period in England.
  • He entered Oxford University at age 11 and later the University of Cambridge, but never received degrees, due to his Catholicism.
  • Religion plays a tumultuous and passionate role in my life.
  • During the 1590s, he spent much of his inheritance on women, books and travel. He wrote most of his love lyrics and erotic poems during this time
  • In 1593, John Donne’s brother, Henry, was convicted of Catholic sympathies and died in prison soon after. The incident led John to question his Catholic faith and inspired some of his best writing on religion.
  • In 1601 he married 16-year-old Anne More, the niece of Sir Egerton who strongly disaproved the marriage. Donne's marriage motivated him to write about love.
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