Poems set to fetch £250,000

Daily Express - - Richard & Judy - By News Re­porter

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.”

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