Poems set to fetch £250,000
A RARE collection of poems written almost 400 years ago by English poet John Donne is expected to fetch more than a quarter of a million pounds at auction.
The archive was found in a leatherbound volume – some 265 handwritten pages – in a library at Melford Hall in Suffolk.
The auctioneers Sotheby’s describe it as “the most significant Donne poetical manuscript remaining in private hands”.
Donne, who died in 1631, is regarded as one of England’s finest poets. His work is noted for its strong, sensual style.
A successful churchman, in 1624 he became the Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral in London. At the time it was a powerful Church of England post.
Arguably, his most famous line comes from a series of meditations written for the then Prince Charles, son of James I, one of which begins: “No man is an island, entire of itself.”