John Donne was born in 1572. His father was a London merchant and a Roman Catholic. Donne want to embark on a political or diplomatic career so he studied law at London University. He was a great visitor of ladies and plays, and also a traveler .
His crisis started when he married secretly Ann More, without the permission from the Queen, in this way he lost the opportunity of a political career. He was imprisoned and in 1621 his trouble came to end because he renounced the Catholic Church for the Anglican .
Donne was the main exponent of a tendency in poetry against the themes of Elizabethans, called Metaphysical. His poetry dealt with God, love, death and religion, written in the form of dialogue. He used conceits: a conceit is a comparison between objects which seem to be completely unlike, famous is the comparison between lovers and compass :he believes that the union of two souls is stronger than that of the bodies.