The main theme of John Donne's poem "Meditation 17" is about mortality. Another theme of the poem is the similarities between everyone's lives; we all face the same fate. More »

In his "Meditation 17," John Donne writes of death and tribulation as well as the intertwining of all mankind. He was himself near death when he wrote it, but he writes of the meaning that each person's death has to the ... More »

The poem "The Relic" is about a pair of lovers, and it grapples with Donne's ambiguous attitude towards Catholicism and the concept of the miracle. Yet, it is about a couple who loved "well and faithfully." More »

The poem that begins with "No man is an island" is Meditation 17 from "Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions," prayers written by John Donne during a difficult time in his life. The words of this meditation were originally w... More »

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In John Donne's "Holy Sonnet 10," the poet expresses hope to those who fear death and the threat it holds on mankind. In this sonnet, he personifies Death and tells it that it has no reason to be proud because, although ... More »

The theme of John Donne’s poem “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning,” is the unity of kindred souls. Written for his wife Anne, the poem is an apology for his extended absence during a long trip to Europe. One of the meta... More »

The poem "The Relic" is about a pair of lovers, and it grapples with Donne's ambiguous attitude towards Catholicism and the concept of the miracle. Yet, it is about a couple who loved "well and faithfully." More »