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How does the metaphysical poetry of John Donne reflect his life and character?

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This is an excellent question.  Donne was a very learned man, and so the often highly intellectual nature of his poetry inevitably reflects his deep and broad learning.  He was well read in numerous subjects, and so it is not surprising that so many of his poems show such a wide range of intellectual interests.  He was particularly interested in matters of religion, partly because he was raised in a Catholic family during a time when it was technically illegal to be a Catholic. Eventually, of course, he became one of the most highly respected priests in the Protestant Anglican church. His religious poetry, therefore, often expresses a deeply felt...

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