Holy Sonnets: I am a little world made cunningly

By John Donne 1572–1631 John Donne
I am a little world made cunningly
Of elements and an angelic sprite,
But black sin hath betray'd to endless night
My world's both parts, and oh both parts must die.
You which beyond that heaven which was most high
Have found new spheres, and of new lands can write,
Pour new seas in mine eyes, that so I might
Drown my world with my weeping earnestly,
Or wash it, if it must be drown'd no more.
But oh it must be burnt; alas the fire
Of lust and envy have burnt it heretofore,
And made it fouler; let their flames retire,
And burn me O Lord, with a fiery zeal
Of thee and thy house, which doth in eating heal.

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Poet John Donne 1572–1631

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

Subjects God & the Divine, Death, Christianity, Faith & Doubt, Disappointment & Failure, Living, Religion

Poetic Terms Allusion, Sonnet

 John  Donne

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John Donne's standing as a great English poet, and one of the greatest writers of English prose, is now assured. However, it has been confirmed only in the present century. The history of Donne's reputation is the most remarkable of any major writer in English; no other body of great poetry has fallen so far from favor for so long and been generally condemned as inept and crude. In Donne's own day his poetry was highly prized . . .

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SUBJECT God & the Divine, Death, Christianity, Faith & Doubt, Disappointment & Failure, Living, Religion

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

Poetic Terms Allusion, Sonnet

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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