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A Donne Deal

Just over a century ago, reviewing Herbert Grierson’s anthology, Metaphysical Lyrics and Poems of the Seventeenth Century, T. S. Eliot sparked a revival of interest in the work of John Donne by praising the very elements that past critics, particularly Samuel Johnson, had condemned. What Johnson disparaged as “heterogeneous ideas . . . yoked by violence together,” Eliot […]

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