Neil Rathmell – writer

150+ essays on literary topics

Tag Archives: John Donne

Marvell’s Garden

Spenser was twelve when Shakespeare was born, Shakespeare was eight when Donne was born, Donne was twenty-one when Herbert was born, Herbert was fifteen when Milton was born, Milton was … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

John Donne’s cancer diary

Jenni Diski, a regular contributor to the London Review of Books, has been diagnosed with inoperable cancer. Her latest piece for the LRB (Vol 36, No 17) describes her reaction … Continue reading

October 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

On the origin of Dylan Thomas

I awoke in the midsummer not to call night, in the white and walk of the morning. Dylan Thomas has such a distinctive voice that we assume he was born … Continue reading

April 30, 2014 · Leave a comment