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Anniversary Poems

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Anniversary Poems by John Donne is a collection of beautifully written poems that capture the essence of love and celebration. Donne's unique style and intricate use of language create a sense of intimacy and passion in each poem. The themes of love, time, and memory are woven throughout the collection, allowing readers to reflect on their own relationships and connections.

Donne's skillful use of language and imagery brings the poems to life, evoking emotions and memories in readers. The poems are timeless and resonate with readers of all ages, making them a perfect choice for celebrating anniversaries or special occasions.

Overall, Anniversary Poems is a brilliant collection that showcases John Donne's mastery of poetry and his ability to touch the hearts of readers. This book is a must-read for poetry lovers and anyone looking to celebrate love and connection in a beautiful and meaningful way.

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Elizabeth Drury, daughter of Donne's patron, Sir Robert Drury, died in 1610. A year later Donne laments her hyperbolically as the soul of the created universe. In "An Anatomy of the World: The First Anniversary," he poetically scrutinizes that year-old corpse, the world, as if he were performing an autopsy (an "anatomy"). He finds it corrupt in every part, the dead woman having carried with her every spark of goodness it once contained. To commemorate the second anniversary of Miss Drury's death, Donne's "Progress of the Soul" (1612) celebrates her liberation from this world, urges readers to follow her example, and performs a cheerful spiritual meditation upon the process of death, burial, and corruption—cheerful because death frees us from the inconveniences of this life and serves as a portal to the next. Each poem is introduced by an encomium that, though purporting to be written by another hand, appears to be the poet's own work.

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