"compared with Donne or Ben Jonson or Milton"
Summerhouse at John Donne's former home, Pyrford, Surrey
Public DomainSummerhouse at John Donne's former home, Pyrford, Surrey - Credit: Suzanne Knights, Wikimedia Commons

John Donne (1572-1630), a contemporary of Shakespeare, was a poet and Anglican priest who falls into the category known as the metaphysical poets.

His work is characterised by its sensuality and vibrancy of language, aspects which were somewhat atypical of his period.

Extract from The Ecstacy:

Where, like a pillow on a bed,

A pregnant bank, swell'd up, to rest

The violet's reclining head,

Sat we two, one another's best.

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