Concise Biography, History & Facts About John Donne
Nationality - English
Lifespan - 1572-1631
Family - Father was Robert Donne an ironmonger
Education - Oxford and Cambridge
Career - Poet, essayist, attorney, courtier and minister
Famous Poems by John Donne
For whom the bell tolls - ( No man is an island ) - poem
The Flea - poem
Famous Quote by John Donne
"No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee."
John Donne, Meditation XVII
Additional Biography details
John Donne was famous not only for his poems but also for his sonnets and songs. He is described as the first and greatest of the metaphysical poets. The man was extremely ambitious and when he was told that his entrance into court circles was totally dependent on his being ordained and becoming a minister he agreed and this became his route into the Royal Court, for some time he was probably the most influential preacher in England, as in 1621, having been ordained for five years, he became the dean of St. Paul's Cathedral.