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John Donne (1572-1631), Poet and divine

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Donne was both a poet and clergyman. In his youth he wrote passionate and witty metaphysical love poems including The Bait and The Flea. He was ordained in 1615 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.