Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions

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A series of meditations and prayers by John Donne, an English Jacobean poet, preacher and a major representative of the metaphysical poets of the 16th-17th centuries. The experience of drawing near to death laid the foundation of this work. The author, recovering from a serious illness, reflects upon health, pain, and sickness. The work consists of twenty-three parts corresponding to each stage of the illness, each part including “meditation”, “exhortation” and “prayer”. Here we meet magnetism, cosmography, alchemy and Platonism. “Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions” appears a first-hand experience of physical death, recorded step by step.
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