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No Man is an Island - the life and poetry of John Donne

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  • DURATION 60 mins
  • HOW TO ATTEND Attendance is live via Zoom
4.7 out of 5 From 221 reviews

I’ve advocated Mirthy right from day 1... you feel part of this community!

Anna
, reviewed on 04 Jan 2022

Fun, educational & relaxing!

Debbie
, reviewed on 28 Feb 2022

I’m glad I found you. I said this to my wife - without Mirthy, my life would be far less richer than it is now.

Martin
, reviewed on 06 Feb 2022

Event Description

John Donne was controversial even in the early 17th century. He wrote some of the most sensitive and moving love poetry in the English language but also became Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral. He grew up a Catholic but converted to Protestantism in an age when religion and politics were so interwoven people were burnt at the stake for their beliefs. He gave some of the greatest sermons ever, with crowds queuing to hear him, but was forever conscious of his own mortality. As he said, “Ask not for whom the bell tolls – it tolls for thee”. This talk from an Oxford English scholar dramatises and explains his writing and thinking.

  • Duration: 60 mins
  • Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (no replay available)
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Meet the Host, Jeremy

Jeremy is a highly experienced speaker, giving talks to U3A, WI, and Probus groups, as well as conferences such as the National Women's Register and various history and literary societies. He is semi-retired, following a career that included a national role in Higher Education, in which he spoke at numerous national and international events.

He went from a grammar school to Oxford, where he won a scholarship and took a Double First in English Literature. He was subsequently a trustee of the Carnegie UK Trust for many years.

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