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John Donne (1572-1631), Poet and divine

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Originally trained as a lawyer, the poet and cleric Donne, is best known for the passionate and witty metaphysical love poems he wrote in his youth, which include, The Bait and The Flea. A student at Oxford and at the Inns of Court, Donne was raised a Catholic, but in 1615 was ordained a priest in the Church of England by John King, Bishop of London. Thereafter he wrote eloquent religious verse and sermons. He was Chaplain to King James I, and in 1621 was appointed Dean of St Paul's Cathedral. His work became widely celebrated following general publication after his death.