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If yet I have not all thy love.

Dear, I shall never have thee all;
—"Lover's Infiniteness"

John Donne was a sixteenth and seventeenth century poet, in the metaphysical school of poetry. He's known for his extremely witty (and sometimes, very sexual) poetry. He was a Catholic when it was out of style. He inspired poets like TS Eliot, and also the title of the Ernest Hemingway novel For Whom the Bell Tolls.


Tropes associated with John Donne:

  • Author Tract: His later poems are like this as he began to worry about death. Then again, most poetry is this anyway.
  • Badass Beard: Have you seen it?
  • My Girl Is a Slut: Many of his poems and essays are about how wonderful women are who sleep around. Seeing as how this is John Donne, (see Unreliable Narrator) it's difficult to tell whether he was being serious or sarcastic. Throughout history, people have argued both ways.
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