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One of Donne's most important and haunting works in prose, Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions was composed in less than a month, during an illness that nearly cost the writer his life. Donne divided the book into twenty-three sections, each corresponding to a stage of his illness and each consisting of a meditation, an expostulation, and a prayer. Filled with powerful images of mortality and immortality that have moved readers throughout the centuries, it provides a coherent spiritual message relevant not only to Donne's life but to the lives of all people.
|Preface to the Oxford Edition||vii|
|I||The Illness and the Occasion||xiii|
|II||Meditation and Metaphysics||xix|
|Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions||1|