Lived from: January 22, 1572-March 31, 1631
Born, raised and died in London, England
Attended Oxford University at age eleven. Then three years later went to the University of Cambridge and at the age of twenty went to Lincoln´s Inn studying law. He did not obtain degrees from either universities due to Catholicism.
John Donne was born into a Roman Catholic family and later became a cleric for the church of England. He lost his father when he was four years old, many members of his family were executed for religious reasons. After attending college he married Ann More, and became a poet. He wrote about religion, love and sonnets; through all of this he became a very distinguished writer with the very different type of wording he used.
John was a prominent representative of metaphysical poets and wrote Pseudo-Martyr (1610), the Flea (1633), Devotions upon Emergent Occasions (1624)
Humanism and Individualism connect to John Donne because he believes people make their own fates but also believes that he is worthy as himself instead of being in a part of something bigger.
The piece shown above is a section from The Flea, a poem written in 1633. You can locate John's poetry in book stores, and online resources. He uses a rhyme scheme of AABBCCDDD.
This piece talks about how he is denied love by the women he loves. Its as if a flea took some of his blood and hers and mixed it together, therefore it is not a sin. Soon his love attempts to kill the flea, but he pleas for her to let it live on for the both of them. Though the love is killed the flea represents their almost marriage, their love.
I found this piece interesting because it is a one sided love, he loves her with no love in return. And he knows this but still tries to convince her to stay with him but eventually she leaves. Also he compares their love to the most random object ever, a flea.
This connects back to the idea humans choose their own fate also referred to as humanism because the lover is deciding to leave John and making that choice to change her fate.