Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

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Committee Chair

Rickey, Mary Ellen


Donne, John, 1572-1631--Criticism and interpretation; Donne, John, 1572-1631--Knowledge--Mathematics


John Donne wanted to live the leisurely life of a gentleman undisturbed by financial difficulties, devoting his life to entertaining his audience with his witty insights into life and, especially, love. However, his marriage, which was frowned upon by traditional society as a betrayal of his professional (tutorial) trust, and the subsequent arrival of his children on an annual basis, put him in the very modern dilemma of the man who does not have the money to support his preferred life-style. His family had been staunchly Roman Catholic and so, although he had been educated at Oxford, he left without a degree to avoid taking an oath which would have compromised his religious beliefs. Instead, he transferred his studies to Cambridge, but did not apply for a degree there either.