Born in 1572 and died in 1631
He entered the University of Oxford at age 12
he became a preacher of great power and eloquence and was installed as dean of St. Paul's Cathedral in 1621.
he is noted for his love lyrics, religious verse and treatises, and sermons
Donne's best-known sermon is his last, "Death's Duel," preached at court only a month before his death.
Quote "I observe the physician with the same diligence as the disease."
Despite his great education and poetic talents, he lived in poverty for several years, relying heavily on wealthy friends.
Donne's earliest poems showed a developed knowledge of English society coupled with sharp criticism of its problems.
It is thought that his final illness was stomach cancer
Donne is generally considered the most prominent member of the Metaphysical poets