Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and Death’s Duel (unabridged)

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John Donne

Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and Death’s Duel

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Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions is a prose work published in 1624. It consists of a series of meditations, prayers and reflections that Donne wrote while he was recovering from a serious illness. It is divided into 23 sections, each representing a different meditation on various aspects of life, death and spirituality. Donne explores themes such as the fragility and uncertainty of life, the interconnectedness of humanity, and the presence of God in times of suffering.

Devotions is considered significant in both religious and literary spheres. It showcases Donne’s unique blend of intellectual inquiry, spiritual introspection and poetic expression. It continues to be studied and appreciated for its insights into human existence and its exploration of the human condition.

Death’s Duel, published after Donne’s death in 1631, is one of his most profound works. It considers the various ways in which death confronts and challenges humanity, drawing on personal experiences, historical events and biblical references to illustrate the universal nature of death and its ultimate victory over all individuals.

  • Running Time: 6 h 29 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-1-78198-500-7
    Cat. no.:NA0612
    Edited by:Timothy Brown
    Released:May 24
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