The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne

The Songs and Sonnets: Part 1: General and Topical Commentary
John Donne, edited by Gary A. Stringer
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/03/2017
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-03417-5
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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.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

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

General Introduction

Introduction to Volume 4.1: The Critical Tradition

 

Commentary

The Songs and Sonets

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 the Baroque

Medievalism

Paradox

Petrarchism

Platonism

Psychological Analysis

Realism

Science and the New Learning

Versification

Wit and Metaphysical Conceit

Women

 

Works Cited

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