The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne, Volume 7, Part 1

The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne, Volume 7, Part 1

The Holy Sonnets
John Donne, edited by Gary A. Stringer
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/01/2005
Format: Hardback 4 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-34701-5
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Praise for previous volumes:
"This variorum edition will be the basis of all future Donne scholarship." —Chronique

This is the 4th volume of The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne to appear. This volume presents a newly edited critical text of the Holy Sonnets and a comprehensive digest of the critical-scholarly commentary on them from Donne’s time through 1995. The editors identify and print both an earlier and a revised authorial sequence of sonnets, as well as presenting the scribal collection—which contains unique authorial versions of several of the sonnets—inscribed by Donne’s friend Rowland Woodward in the Westmoreland manuscript.

Author Bio

Gary A. Stringer is Professor of English at Texas A&M University.

Paul A. Parrish is Regents Professor and head of the Department of English at Texas A&M University.

Reviews

“In the end, the Elegies are experiments in rhetoric, and whilst, for Donne as for Shakespeare, that does not automatically entail insincerity, it refuses to make sincerity the touchstone of excellence. We are seldom reminded as forcefully as by these poems that in the Latin poetry which underlies them the idea of rhetorical figuration is itself imaged as the application of cosmetics. March 2001”
 — New Criterion

“An occasion for celebration. Among the most ambitious and valuable collaborative scholarly enterprises at the end of the twentieth century. Superb.”
 — Early Modern Literary Studies

“Academic libraries and specialists in Renaissance and 17th–century studies should feel compelled to own each and every volume of this series.”
 — Seventeeth Century News

“Like its predecessors, . . . [this] volume of the Donne Variorum enterprise to appear is a triumph in every way.”
 — John Donne Journal

“. . . This edition immediately displaces all its predecessors, and will be indispensable for scholars and libraries.”
 — TLS

“In this third volume in a projected eight-volume series, Stringer presents the most authoritative texts and fullest editorial history of the elegies, including textual apparatus from all known manuscripts and editions from the 17th century onward, and also a comprehensive summary of scholarly and critical commentary on the elegies (also from Donne's era onward). The remarkable insights in the textual/editorial component include identification of the most authoritative manuscript for the elegies (housed in the New York Public Library) and a persuasive speculation that the first 12 elegies in this manuscript reflect Donne's intended sequence. Critical insights reveal the early trend not to treat the elegies as a separate group but to integrate them into a discussion of Donne's amatory verse; the value of using the elegies as context for Donne's later amatory verse, notably Songs and Sonnets; moralistic and biographical readings, which sometimes characterize Donne as a libertine and denounce him for licentiousness; Donne as the first poet to write love elegies in English; the coteries for which the elegies were written and the scribal culture that copied and recopied them for presentation to such audiences of intellectuals. The volume contains five indexes and the most comprehensive bibliography on the elegies now available. Indispensable for large collections supporting 17th–century literature.February 2001”
 — A. C. Labriola, Duquesne University

““The appearance of the first volume . . . is an occasion for celebration. Among the most ambitious and valuable collaborative scholarly enterprises at the end of the twentieth century . . . ” —Claude J. Summers, Early Modern Literary Studies “ . . . especially valuable for its wide-ranging and reliable summaries of textual and critical commentary on these works . . . This variorum edition will be the basis of all future Donne scholarship.” —Bibliotèque d’Humanisme et Renaissance “ . . . the most important collaborative project in 17th-century studies in recent history . . . ” —Seventeenth-Century News A major editorial and interpretive undertaking, this edition includes a newly edited critical text based on exhaustive study of all known manuscripts and significant printed editions of Donne’s poetry and a complete digest of critical and scholarly commentary on the poetry from Donne’s time to the present. ”

“From reviews of previous volumes: "This variorum edition will be the basis of all future Donne scholarship." —Chronique "Academic libraries and specialists in Renaissance and 17th-century studies should feel compelled to own each and every volume of this series." —Seventeenth Century News "An occasion for celebration. Among the most ambitious and valuable collaborative scholarly enterprises at the end of the twentieth century. Superb." —Early Modern Literary Studies The 4th volume of The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne to appear. It presents a newly edited critical text of the Holy Sonnets and a comprehensive digest of the critical-scholarly commentary on them from Donne’s time through 1995. “This variorum edition will be the basis of all future Donne scholarship.” —Chronique”

“" . . . Stringer presents the most authoritative texts and fullest editorial history of the elegies, including textual apparatus from all known manuscripts and editions from the 17th century onward . . ." —Choice “This variorum edition will be the basis of all future Donne scholarship.” —Chronique This latest addition to the Donne variorum, the third to appear in a projected eight-volume series, presents a newly edited critical text of Donne’s elegies and a comprehensive variorum commentary.”

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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments
Short Forms of Reference for Donne's Works
Abbreviations Used in the Commentary
Sigla for Textual Sources
Manuscripts Listed by Traditional Classification
Symbols and Abbreviations Used in the Textual Apparatus
General Introduction
Introduction to Volume 7.1
General Textual Introduction
The Critical Tradition
Texts and Apparatuses
The Holy Sonnets
Original Sequence
1. [Thou hast made me,] HSMade
2. [As due by many titles] HSDue
3. [O might those sighes] HSSighs
4. [Father, part of his double Interest] HSPart
5. [O my blacke Soule,] HSBlack
6. [This is my Playes last scene,] HSScene
7. [I am a litle World,] HSLittle
8. [At the round Earths Imagin'd corners] HSRound
9. [Yf poysonous Mineralls,] HSMin
10. [Yf faithfull Soules] HSSouls
11. [Death be not proud,] HSDeath
12. [Wilt thou loue God,] HSWilt
Westmoreland Sequence
1. [Thou hast made me,] HSMade
2. [As due by many titles] HSDue
3. [O might those sighes] HSSighs
4. [Father, part of his double interest] HSPart
5. [Oh my black Soule,] HSBlack
6. [This is my Playes last Scene,] HSScene
7. [I ame a litle World,] HSLittle
8. [At the round Earths imagind corners] HSRound
9. [If poysonous Minerals,] HSMin
10. [If faythfull Soules] HSSouls
11. [Death be not proud,] HSDeath
12. [Wilt thou love God,] HSWilt
13. [Spitt in my face] HSSpit
14. [Why ame I by all Creatures] HSWhy
15. [What yf this present] HSWhat
16. [Batter my hart,] HSBatter
17. [Since She whome I lovd,] HSShe
18. [Show me deare Christ,] HSShow
19. [Oh, to vex me,] HSVex
Revised Sequence
1. [As due by many titles] HSDue
2. [Oh my black Soule,] HSBlack
3. [This is my Playes last Scene,] HSScene
4. [At the round Earths imagin'd corners] HSRound
5. [If poysonous mineralls,] HSMin
6. [Death bee not proude,] HSDeath
7. [Spitt in my fac