Read john donnes poems john donne was born in 1572 in london england he is known as the founder of the metaphysical poets a term created by samuel johnson an eighteenth century english essayist poet and philosopherthe loosely associated group also includes george herbert richard crashaw andrew marvell and john clevelandthe metaphysical poets are known for their ability to startle . The english writer and anglican cleric john donne is considered now to be the preeminent metaphysical poet of his time he was born in 1572 to roman catholic parents when practicing that religion was illegal in england his work is distinguished by its emotional and sonic intensity and its capacity to plumb the paradoxes of faith human and divine love and the possibility of salvation. John donne was an english poet satirist lawyer and priest he is considered the pre eminent representative of the metaphysical poets his works are noted for their strong sensual style and include sonnets love poetry religious poems latin translations epigrams elegies songs satires and sermons. John donne was the most outstanding of the english metaphysical poets and a churchman famous for his spellbinding sermons his poetry is noted for its ingenious fusion of wit and seriousness and represents a shift from classical models toward a more personal style
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