"John Donne?"

One of the foremost metaphysical poets of the Jacobean period, John Donne (1572-1631) was born to a Roman Catholic family, but converted to the Anglican faith during the 1590s, becoming a priest for the order in 1615. He studied at both Oxford and Cambridge -- leaving without a degree from either -- and was appointed as the Dean of London's St Paul's Cathedral in 1621. Relying on friends during his prolonged periods of poverty, Donne engaged in a clandestine marriage, which resulted in a brief period of imprisonment.