Donne was not really read that widely during this life, and he had a decline.
During the wave after his death, there was more classical oriented poets writing, and he was not
really emulated. Only during the TS Elliot time that his style has been emulated.
Concerning marriage, Donne married the daughter of his boss while he was in his mid-30s, and his
choice of love over profession is something he has to cope with.
This marriage dooms him professionally although his marriage was very happy and he had many
I wonder by my troth, what thou and I
Did, till we loved? Were we not wean'd till then?
But suck'd on country pleasures, childishly?
Or snorted we in the Seven Sleepers' den?
'Twas so; but this, all pleasures fancies be;
If ever any beauty I did see,
Which I desired, and got, 'twas but a dream of thee.
And now good-morrow to our waking souls,
Which watch not one another out of fear ;
For love all love of other sights controls,
And makes one little room an everywhere.
Let sea-discoverers to new worlds have gone;
Let maps to other, worlds on worlds have shown;
Let us possess one world; each hath one, and is one.
My face in thine eye, thine in mine appears,