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Creator: John Donne
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 T. S. 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?
  • Blasphemous Boast: his dismissal of the sun, and the entire natural order, as being insignificant in comparison to the microcosm of two lovers.
  • Insufferable Genius: he was brilliant and he knew it.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: A big believer in it, specifically of sickness reflecting a person's inner sin. His famous phrases, "No man is an island" and "For whom the bell tolls" (both from the same work, "Meditation XVII"), were all about this.
  • 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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alternative title(s): John Donne
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