"No Man is an Island" - the ideas and poetry of John Donne

Jeremy Holmes

South East
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23rd October 2019
British History | Poetry | Controversy | The Church

John Donne was controversial even in the early 17th century. He wrote some of the most sensitive and moving love poetry in the English language but also became Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral. He grew up a Catholic but converted to Protestantism in an age when religion and politics were so interwoven people were burnt at the stake for their beliefs. He gave some of the greatest sermons ever, with crowds queuing to hear him, but was forever conscious of his own mortality. As Donne said, “Ask not for whom the bell tolls – it tolls for thee”.

This talk dramatises and explains his writing and thinking.

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About Jeremy Holmes

Following a decade in the advertising industry (mostly working for Ogilvy & Mather), I ran an international economics consultancy before becoming CEO of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and then taking a senior position in Higher Education. Now semi-retired, I'm a trustee of various charities including the Aylesbury Food Bank, which benefit from some of my speaking engagements.

I was also a trustee of the Carnegie UK Trust (hence my interest in the steel magnate), and in my youth I took a Double First in English Literature at Oxford (hence my interest in John Donne).

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