The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne

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: Global
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


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



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


Language and Rhetoric

Love and Sexual Imagery

Mannerism and the Baroque





Psychological Analysis


Science and the New Learning


Wit and Metaphysical Conceit



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