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 2,791,007 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). John Donne is the 322nd most popular writer (down from 277th in 2019), the 245th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 200th in 2019) and the 35th most popular British Writer.

John Donne is most famous for his metaphysical poetry.

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Among writers, John Donne ranks 322 out of 5,794Before him are Roger Martin du Gard, Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark, Wilhelm Grimm, Anna Komnene, Shmuel Yosef Agnon, and Alejandro Jodorowsky. After him are Gregory of Tours, Luigi Pirandello, J. M. Barrie, Pär Lagerkvist, Cassiodorus, and Alexandra Feodorovna.

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

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, John Donne ranks 245 out of 6,924Before him are Christopher Marlowe (1564), Benjamin Disraeli (1804), Ian Holm (1931), Lady Jane Grey (1537), Empress Matilda (1102), and Ælfweard of Wessex (904). After him are John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh (1842), Roger Waters (1943), J. M. Barrie (1860), Jimmy Page (1944), Tristan (535), and Tim Berners-Lee (1955).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, John Donne ranks 35Before him are Robert Burns (1759), William Wordsworth (1770), Anna Wintour (1949), Anne Brontë (1820), J. K. Rowling (1965), and Christopher Marlowe (1564). After him are J. M. Barrie (1860), Graham Greene (1904), John Galsworthy (1867), Beatrix Potter (1866), G. K. Chesterton (1874), and Percy Fawcett (1867).