Manuscript Version of Donne’s “The Sun Rising”

Shelfmark: St. Paul’s Cathedral Library MS 49. B. 43; DV siglum: SP1                    c. 1620-23

(from the Digital Donne)

According to Stephen Burt’s useful poem guide to “The Sun Rising”: 

Until after his death, most of Donne’s poems circulated only in manuscript: his friends copied them by hand, then showed them to their friends, who copied them into their commonplace books. (If you think of a book of poems as like a compact disc, then a commonplace book is like a mix tape, or an iPod; Donne’s poems were like popular, unreleased MP3s.)

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One Response to Manuscript Version of Donne’s “The Sun Rising”

  1. Pearline Priscilla says:

    Would like to have full explanation on this poem…

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