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Audios

Donne Recordings
Audio files with readings of the poem, including "Death, be not proud."

Images

Donne

After you see this picture, you’ll know why the ladies love him.

Poppies

The flower people use to make opium.

Historical Documents

Digital Donne

A fantastic resource. You can check out the first published versions of Donne’s poetry, which have a different punctuation and order.

T.S. Eliot Essay

An famous essay by the poet T.S. Eliot on the Metaphysical Poets.

Books

John Donne: A Collection of Critical Essays, by Helen Gardner

Gardner is one of the most important Donne scholars of the 20th century.

Wit: A Play, by Margaret Edson

An fantastic Pulitzer Prize winning play about a John Donne scholar diagnosed with cancer. Facing her own death, Donne's poems, and particularly "Death be not proud," take on new meaning for her. This play was also turned into a great movie starring Emma Thompson.

Websites

Luminarium.org

A fantastic Web site containing a detailed biography, scholarly essays on Donne, and a very large selection of his works.

Poets.org

Make sure to check out the link to "A Brief Guide to the Metaphysical Poets."

Videos

"Death, be not proud": Live action version
An actor reads the sonnet while sitting next to a fireplace.
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