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Theoretically-Informed Criticism of Donne's Love Poetry

Towards a Pluralist Hermeneutics of Faith

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David Buck Beliles

John Donne's love poetry continues to generate substantial critical response. This study focuses on recent theoretically-informed approaches to the subject of Donne and criticizes the prevalent hermeneutics of suspicion. Offering alternative readings, the study argues for a pluralist approach to Donne's complex and often contradictory love poems. It also argues for a hermeneutics of faith, a recollection or restoration of meanings, as opposed to the demystification or unmasking that is typical of suspicious readings.