Martyrdom and Sainthood in the Poetry of John Donne

The trajectory of the life of John Donne, the seventeenth-century English poet (and eventual Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral in London), was Augustinian in nature. A contemporary of Shakespeare's, he began as something of a libertine and ended up a saint. Dr. Migan discussion traces the course of his research over the last decade. He attempts to make some sense of Donne's life by examining some of the most ghastly images from his poetry, arguing finally that these deathly, "graven images," in the way they make a case for his martyrdom, worked not against his case for sainthood, but for it.


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