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The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne, Volume 4.1
The Songs and Sonnets: Part 1: General and Topical Commentary
by John Donne
Edited by Gary A. Stringer, Albert C. Labriola, Jeffrey S. Johnson, Paul A. Parrish, Tracy E. McLawhorn, Meg Lota Brown, Eugene Cunnar, Robert C. Evans, Robert T. Fallon, Kate Gartner Frost, Corinee W. Guy, Mitchel M. Harris, Dayton Haskin, George Klawitter, Gregory Kneidel, Sean Michael Morris, Mary A. Papazian, Amy Criniti Phillips, John R. Roberts, William Shaw and Matthew Vickless
Published by: Indiana University Press
This book presents a comprehensive digest of general and topical commentary on John Donne's Songs and Sonets from the early 17th century through 1999. Arranged chronologically within sections, the material in the present volume is organized under the following chapter headings: General Commentary; Autobiography and Persona; Critical Reception; Dating, Publication History, and Manuscript Tradition; Donne's Originality: Praise and Blame; Dramatic Elements; T. S. Eliot; Imagery; Language and Rhetoric; Love and Sexual Imagery; Mannerism and Baroque; Medievalism; Paradox; Petrarchism; Platonism; Psychological Analysis; Religion; Science and the New Learning; Versification; Wit and Metaphysical Conceit; Women.
This book was begun under the direction of Albert C. Labriola, who served as the Volume Commentary Editor until his death in March 2009. Completed by his students and colleagues with the Variorum project, the volume is dedicated to Professor Labriola's memory.
Short Forms of Reference for Donne's Works
Abbreviations Used in the Commentary
Sigla for Textural Sources
Manuscripts Listed by Traditional Classification
Symbols and Abbreviations Used in Textural Apparatus
Introduction to Volume 4.1: The Critical Tradition
The Songs and Sonets
Autobiography and Persona
Dating, Publication History, and Manuscript Tradition
Donne's Originality: Praise and Blame
T. S. Eliot
Language and Rhetoric
Love and Sexual Imagery
Mannerism and the Baroque
Science and the New Learning
Wit and Metaphysical Conceit
Index of Authors Cited in the Commentary
Index of Writers and Historical Figures Cited in the Commentary
Index of Other Poems and Works of Donne Cited in the Commentary
About the Editors