John Donne's Poetry and Prose. A Survey (John Donne költészete és prózája. Áttekintés) in spring 2015
Ferencz Győző, Mon 10:00–11:30, R443, host: DES (R338)
3-credit lecture, 30 h/term; strong prereq: BBN-ANG-211 213 215
description & set texts

The course concerns the poetry of John Donne and some of his prose writing.


1. Feb 9: Orientation

2. Feb 16: Introduction. Early seventeenth century poetry: trends, varieties. Metaphysical Poetry. The Bait.

3. Feb 23: The Good Morrow; Song [Sweetest love, I do not go]; Elegy 19 To his Mistress Going to Bed.

4. March 2: The Canonization

5. March 9: Love’s Growth; Love’s Exchange; Love's Alchemy

6. March 16: A Valediction: Forbidding Morning; A Valediction: Of Weeping

7. March 23: The Extasie; The Flea

8. March 30: The Extasie


9. April 13: Holy Sonnets: Divine Meditations 1(Thou hast made me, and shall thy work decay?); 5 (I am a little world made cunningly); 7 (At the round earth’s imagined corners, blow); 10 (Death be not proud, though some have called thee); 14 (Batter my heart, three-personed God, for, you); 19 (Oh, to vex me, contraries meet in one)

10. April 20: Holy Sonnets (as above)

11. April 27: from Pseudo-Martyr; from Devotions upon Emergent Occasions: XVII Meditation

12. May 4: Good Friday, 1613. Riding Westward

12. May 11: Recapitulation



The Major Works. Ed. John Carey. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990

John Donne’s Poetry. Authoritative Texts Criticism. Ed. Clements, A. L. New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 1966

John Donne’s Poetry. Authoritative Texts Criticism. Ed. Dickson, Donald R. New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 2007

Poetical Works. Ed. Grierson, Herbert J. C. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1933(1971)

The Complete English Poems. Ed. Smith, A. J. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1971

The Complete English Poems. Ed. C. A. Patrides. New York: Alfred A Knopf. Everyman’s Library, 1991

Selected Prose. Ed. Rhodes, Neil. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1987

Devotions upon Emergent Occasions. Ed. Raspa, Anthony, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987



Corns, Thomas N., ed.: The Cambridge Companion to English Poetry: Donne to Marvell. Cambridge: Cambridge University Pres, 1993

Eliot, T. S.: “The Metaphysical Poets.” In: Frank Kermode, ed.: Selected Prose of T. S. Eliot. London: Faber and Faber, 1975, pp 59-67

Guibbory, Achsah, ed.: The Cambridge Companion to John Donne. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006

Johnson, Samuel: "Cowley". In: Johnson, Samuel: Lives of the English Poets, vol. I. London: Oxford University Press, (1779, 1781) 1906, pp 1-54

requirements & assessment
The course will be followed by an oral examination.