John Donne (22 Jan 1572 – 31 March 1631) was an English poet and cleric in the Church of England.
He is ostensibly remembered for his metaphysical poetry, as and other writings. His poetry includes sonnets, love poems, religious poems. His other writings include Latin translations, epigrams, elegies, songs, satires and sermons.
In 1601, Donne secretly married Anne More, with whom he had twelve children. In 1615, he became an Anglican priest. He finally took orders at the urging of King James I. So it was in 1621 that he was appointed Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, London. He also served as a member of Parliament in 1601 and 1614.
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