John Donne (1572–1631) Adds an Epigram to Prison Literature

The house Donne and family occupied at Pyrford, by SuzanneKn at English Wikipedia [Public domain], with inset of Donne, from a painting by Isaac Oliver [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Thrown into prison in retaliation for his elopement with Anne More, John Donne wrote one of the most famous epigrams of all time. At a considerably later date, he became Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London.

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Donne was the most illustrious of the metaphysical poets. His earliest works were often erotic; his later work consisted chiefly of profound religious poetry.

Donne’s Epigram

John Donne, Anne Donne, Undone