A Lame Begger

By John Donne 1572–1631 John Donne
I am unable, yonder beggar cries,
To stand, or move; if he say true, he lies.

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Poet John Donne 1572–1631

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

Subjects Humor & Satire, Money & Economics, Social Commentaries, Arts & Sciences

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 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 early 20th 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 Humor & Satire, Money & Economics, Social Commentaries, Arts & Sciences

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

Poetic Terms Epigram, Couplet

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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