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John Donne and Contemporary Poetry

Essays and Poems

  • Judith Scherer Herz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Judith Scherer Herz
    Pages 1-7
  3. Kimberly Johnson
    Pages 47-53
  4. Molly Peacock
    Pages 55-60
  5. Jonathan F S Post
    Pages 61-73
  6. Katie Ford
    Pages 75-83
  7. Heather Dubrow
    Pages 103-108
  8. Stephen Burt
    Pages 113-115
  9. Stephen Yenser
    Pages 117-121
  10. Sean H. McDowell
    Pages 123-144
  11. Calvin Bedient
    Pages 171-195
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 217-221

About this book


This collection of poems and essays by both poets and scholars explores how John Donne’s writing has entered into the language, the imagination, and the navigation of erotic and spiritual desires and experiences of twentieth- and twenty-first-century writers. The chapters chart a winding path from a description of the Donne and Contemporary Poetry Project at Fordham University to an encounter with the Holy Sonnets to a set of modern holy sonnets and then through the work of a poet who used Donne’s Devotions on Emergent Occasions to chart his own dying. There are further poems on sickness and recovery, an essay on Donne and disease that brings in the work of an Australian poet, and several chapters of poems with various Donnean echoes. Of the final four chapters, one places Donne in relation to another poet and one to the Psalms, followed by two chapters on Donne’s speech figures and his poetics.


Seventeenth Century Poetry Contemporary Poetry The Flea Batter My Heart, Three-Personed God Sonnets

Editors and affiliations

  • Judith Scherer Herz
    • 1
  1. 1.Concordia UniversityMontrealCanada

About the editors

Judith Scherer Herz is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Concordia University. She has written on Donne, Milton, Shakespeare, and other early modern writers, including essays on Donne and twentieth- and twenty-first-century poetry. She has also written on Bloomsbury writers, including several books on E. M. Forster as well as articles on Forster and on Leonard Woolf.

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