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1572, Jan 221631, Mar 31
an English poet and a cleric in the Church of England. He is considered the pre-eminent representative of the metaphysical poets. His works are noted for their strong, sensual style and include sonnets, love poems, religious poems, Latin translations, epigrams, elegies, songs, satires and sermons. His poetry is noted for its vibrancy of language and inventiveness of metaphor, especially compared to that of his contemporaries. Donne's style is characterised by abrupt openings and various paradoxes, ironies and dislocations.
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Allision: The action of dashing against or striking upon. Latin al, ad, to + laedere, laesum, to dash, strike violent...
Calenture: A tropical disease afflicting sailors, who in delirium fancy the ocean to be a green field and wish to leap...
Grassator: A rioter, bully, footpad. Latin grassator, from grassari, grassatus, to riot, to lie in wait, to attack. He...
Hickock: An early variant of hiccough, hiccup. Also hicket, hitchcock, and more. John Donne in POLYDORON (1631) said...
Hydroptic: With an insatiable thirst. The medical term (thirsty as a man with hydropsy or dropsy) is hydropic; hydropt...
Lancinate: To pierce, thrust through. Latin lancinare, lancinatus, to tear to pieces, was changed in meaning (in Coope...
Suscitate: To rouse, to excite (as to a dispute or a rebellion); to stir to action; to quicken, vivify. Latin sub + ci...
Umbrage: See couth; cp. patulous. French ombrage, ombre; Latin umbra, shadow, whence also umbrageous -- seldom used ...
Vermiculation: Being eaten by, or infested with, worms; changing into little worms. Latin vermiculus, diminutive of vermis...
Waif: Goods (said Bailey, 1751) that a thief drops or leaves behind him, when overcharged or close pursued, which...
Washway: A part of a road over which a shallow stream flows. Hence, a road deeper in the middle than at the sides. A...
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