Celebrating Poetry in April: 10. John Donne’s Sonnet IV from the Divine Meditations

Good evening, all:

Tonight’s sonnet is from John Donne, an English poet (1572-1631) who was dubbed a “metaphysical poet” for his use of conceit, a rather disjointed, but extended analogy used in his poetry.

This is Sonnet IV of his collection of 19 sonnets titled the Divine Meditations or Holy Sonnets. These were published posthumously, though he composed all of them between 1609 and 1610.

Most of the sonnets in this collection follow the Petrarchan structure.

Without further ado…. Sonnet IV by John Donne.