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John Donne is known today as being the chief writer of verse known as metaphysical poetry which features elaborate conceits and surprising symbols wrapped up in original challenging language structures John Donne was born to a Roman Catholic family in 1572 on Bread Street in London Although he was born to a well-known Catholic family he later converted to Anglicanism during the 1590s His father died when he was only four and left him and his other two siblings to be raised by their mother Donne learned his first years of education form Jesuits but at the age of 11 he entered the University of Oxford He only studied there for three years before transferring to the University of Cambridge where he spent the next three years studying However he did not receive a degree from either of these universities because he could not take the Oath of Supremacy required to graduate He began to question his faith when his brother gave shelter to a proscribed Catholic priest and was arrested His brother died in prison due to a fever in 1593 Soon after he began his first writings and first book of poems Satires which is considered one of his most important literary works By 1598 his career in law was becoming successful however in 1601 he secretly married seventeen-year-old Anne More and thus destroyed his flourishing career For the next twelve years he struggled to support his growing family He made a meager living as a lawyer but received some assistance from friends and family to make ends meet Donne continued to write and as he approached forty he published two anti-Catholic polemics Pseudo-Martyr and Ignatius His Conclave In 1615 Donne unwillingly joined the ministry and later that year was appointed Royal Chaplain 160 of his sermons survive in completion today Anne Donne died just two years later after she gave birth to the couples twelfth child a stillborn Only 7 of their
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