Date of Award

Summer 1951

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Maloney, Michael

Second Advisor

Archer, Jerome W.

Third Advisor

Hamm, Victor M.


The intellectual and scholastic nature of Donne's poetry is generally recognized by critics, and since 1870, when A.B. Grosart's edition began the modern interest in Donne, there have been numerous investigations of metaphysical imagery. It is my purpose in this essay to continue the inquiry concerning Donne's imagery and to make an exhaustive study of it. My plan is to tabulate and analyze the ten basic images which Donne most frequently uses in his songs and sonnets, elegies and satires, and religious poems, and to demonstrate the effectiveness of his application of imagery and the relationship of imagery that exists between the basic images as used in the different poetic genres.