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John Donne

1572 - 1631

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John Donne ( DUN; 22 January 1572 – 31 March 1631) was an English poet, scholar, soldier and secretary born into a recusant family, who later became a cleric in the Church of England. Under royal patronage, he was made Dean of St Paul's Cathedral in London (1621–1631). He is considered the preeminent representative of the metaphysical poets. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Donne has received more than 2,990,520 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). John Donne is the 605th most popular writer (down from 322nd in 2019), the 473rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 245th in 2019) and the 56th most popular British Writer.

John Donne is most famous for his metaphysical poetry.

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Among writers, John Donne ranks 605 out of 5,755Before him are Demetrius Vikelas, Alessandro Manzoni, Camilo José Cela, France Prešeren, Pierre Loti, and Anton Makarenko. After him are Ludwig Tieck, Anne Rice, Walther von der Vogelweide, Ivar Aasen, Novatian, and Alexander Herzen.

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Among people born in 1572, John Donne ranks 3Before him are Johann Bayer and John Sigismund, Elector of Brandenburg. After him are Cornelis Drebbel, Sigismund Báthory, Ben Jonson, Jane Frances de Chantal, Cyril Lucaris, Izumo no Okuni, Francis II, Duke of Lorraine, Maurice, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, and Marie Elisabeth of France. Among people deceased in 1631, John Donne ranks 1After him are Mumtaz Mahal, John Smith, Constance of Austria, Willem Janszoon, Archduchess Maria Maddalena of Austria, Sophie of Mecklenburg-Güstrow, Charles II Gonzaga, Duke of Nevers, Michael Maestlin, Federico Borromeo, Guillén de Castro y Bellvis, and Katō Yoshiaki.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, John Donne ranks 473 out of 7,765Before him are Samuel Butler (1835), Samuel Johnson (1709), William Laud (1573), William Adams (1564), Gregory Bateson (1904), and Gustav Holst (1874). After him are William Godwin (1756), Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York (1473), Edmund Ironside (993), John Cleese (1939), Peter Brook (1925), and Austen Chamberlain (1863).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, John Donne ranks 56Before him are J. M. Barrie (1860), A. A. Milne (1882), Percy Fawcett (1867), Philip Larkin (1922), Samuel Butler (1835), and Samuel Johnson (1709). After him are Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772), John Bunyan (1628), Daphne du Maurier (1907), Geoffrey of Monmouth (1090), William McMaster Murdoch (1873), and Oliver Sacks (1933).