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John Donne was born into an old Roman Catholic family At age 11 he entered the University of Oxford where he studied for three years He spent the next three years at the University on Cambridge but took no degree at either university In 1593 Donnes younger brother died in prison after being arrested for harboring a priest Donne relinquished his Roman Catholic faith and joined the Anglican Church His first book of poems Satires was written during this period and was considered one of Donnes most important literary efforts Songs and Sonnets was also written about this same time Donne sat in Queen Elizabeths last parliament until 1601 when he secretly married seventeen-year-old Anne More and was thereby imprisoned During the next few years Donne made a meager living as a lawyer As Donne approached forty he published two anti-Catholic polemics that pledged an oath of allegiance to James I king of England and won him the favor of the king He was appointed Royal Chaplain later that year In due course he was appointed Reader in Divinity at Lincolns Inn Anne Donne died in 1617 aged thirty-three after giving birth to their twelfth child Donne continued to write poetry In 1621 James I appointed him dean of Saint Pauls Cathedral he held that position until his death
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