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John Donne uses poetry to explore his own identity express his feelings and most of all he uses it to deal with the personal experiences occurring in his life Donnes poetry is a confrontation or struggle to find a place in this world or rather a role to play in a society from which he often finds himself detached or withdrawn His intellectual knottiness his stress on poetry as speech rather than song and his intense and irregular rhythms all required a good deal of getting used to and there were many who could not or would not adjust their ears and minds to the wealth that his poetry contains I am compelled to write about John Donne not just by the works that he has accomplished but also because of his life full of struggle and the wonderful literature that he was able to produce during his lifeJohn Donne was born in England the exact date of his birth is unknown but it is believed to be in the early year of 1572 He was the third child to be born out of family that eventually grew to 7 children However tragically only 3 of the children lived into maturity His father also John Donne was a respected and prosperous ironmonger of the Welsh descent His mother was Elizabeth Donne Heywood whose father ironically was the writer of many interludes John Heywood John Heywood participated in the development of British Drama before Shakespeare did Heywoods wife was the Granddaughter of the sister of Sir Thomas More just a little interesting fact Donne was born into the Catholic faith and when Pope Pius V excommunicated Queen Elizabeth 1 in 1570 his family along with all other catholic followers was subject to discrimination and persecution His family was looked down upon and was so brutally persecuted that John Heywood eventually recanted his own faith his two sons who were Jesuit Priest soon left their homeland of
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