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Online Course Details    

John Donne is one of the most artistically and intellectually audacious writers of the seventeenth century. His writing daringly navigates the connections between body and soul, sex and religion. In a world driven by polarities, Donne’s paradoxical wit shows us how to unite extremes of experience.

Over four sessions we will read a selection of Donne’s poems aloud together. The Tutor will give inputs, and all participants will contribute to round table discussions.

9.30am Coffee for 10am start

1st Session 10am – 11am

Imaginative Contemplation: John Donne’s Life


2nd Session 11.15am – 12.15pm

Mini-Lecture: Metaphysical Conceit



3rd Session 1.15pm – 2.15pm

Reading, Acting, Discussing




4th Session 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Kahoot Quiz


3.30pm – 4pm

Feedback and Final Words

The LJC Book Club Study Day aims to provide an opportunity to learn more quickly from the world of literature by reading together one major author or major work in one day.

John Donne, Poetry, Norton Critical Edition, ed. Donald Dickson (ISBN978-0393926484)

The London Jesuit Centre Book Club meets every second and fourth Thursday of the month (except August). It is open to anyone who is interested in widening their awareness of spirituality through novels, biographies, and accounts of personal spiritual journeys



‘Air and Angels’

‘A Valediction Forbidding Mourning’

‘Batter my Heart’ (acting)

‘Death be not Proud’

Elegy XIX ‘To His Mistress Going to Bed’

‘The Flea’ (acting)

‘Sun Rising’ / ‘The Good Morrow’


John Donne’s Poetry: A Norton Critical Edition, ed. Donald R. Dickson (Norton, 2007)

· ISBN-10: ‎ 0393926486

· ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0393926484

From GBP 11.99

John Donne – The Major Works: Including Songs and Sonnets and Sermons (Oxford, 2008)

· ISBN-10: ‎ 0199537941

· ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0199537945

From GBP 9.19


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Dr Luke Taylor SJ

Dr. Luke Taylor SJ holds a Ph.D. in Renaissance Literature from Harvard University, and a B.A. in English Literature from Jesus College, Cambridge. He taught at Baylor University in the States before entering the Jesuits in 2016. After studying philosophy in Paris, he currently teaches at Wimbledon College in London.