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The poems he released were passed around in manuscript and transcribed by his admirers singly or in gatherings. When the first printed edition of his poems was published in 1633, two years after his death, the haphazard arrangement of the poems gave no clue to the order of their composition.
Many modern editions of the poetry impose categorical divisions that are unlikely to correspond to the order of writing, separating the love poetry from the satires and the religious poetry, the verse letters from the epithalamiums and funeral poems.
For instance, a lover who is about to board ship for a long voyage turns back to share a last intimacy with his mistress: “Here take my picture” (Elegy V).
Two lovers who have turned their backs upon a threatening world in “The Good Morrow“ celebrate their discovery of a new world in each other: Let sea-discoverers to new worlds have gone, Let maps to others, worlds on worlds have shown, Let us possess one world, each hath one, and is one.
Donne may no longer be the cult figure he became in the 1920s and 1930s, when T. Eliot and William Butler Yeats, among others, discovered in his poetry the peculiar fusion of intellect and passion and the alert contemporariness which they aspired to in their own art.
He is not a poet for all tastes and times; yet for many readers Donne remains what Ben Jonson judged him: “the first poet in the world in some things.” His poems continue to engage the attention and challenge the experience of readers who come to him afresh.
His high place in the pantheon of the English poets now seems secure.
For some 30 years after his death successive editions of his verse stamped his powerful influence upon English poets.
Donne finds some striking images to define this state in which two people remain wholly one while they are separated.
Their souls are not divided but expanded by the distance between them, “Like gold to airy thinness beat”; or they move in response to each other as the legs of twin compasses, whose fixed foot keeps the moving foot steadfast in its path: Such wilt thou be to me, who must Like th’ other foot obliquely run; Thy firmness makes my circle just, And makes me end, where I begun. The poems editors group together were not necessarily produced thus. Fewer than eight complete poems were published during his lifetime, and only two of these publications were authorized by him.
Exploiting and being exploited are taken as conditions of nature, which we share on equal terms with the beasts of the jungle and the ocean.
In “Metempsychosis” a whale and a holder of great office behave in precisely the same way: He hunts not fish, but as an officer, Stays in his court, as his own net, and there All suitors of all sorts themselves enthral; So on his back lies this whale wantoning, And in his gulf-like throat, sucks everything That passeth near.