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Paradox: Biathanatos – Oxford Handbooks

Portrait of John Donne by Unknown English artist, oil on panel, circa Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery. Wherein the nature, and the extent biathanztos all those lawes, which seeme to biarhanatos violated by this act, are diligently surveyed. The paradox was a literary genre popular during the English Renaissance in which the author puts forth an argument in support of a thesis which contradicts common sense or questions a commonly-held belief.


Title page of the first edition of Biathanatos.

But if I ask myself what I have done in the last watch, or would do in the next, I can say nothing. Although the subject matter may be uncomfortable to some, this treatise has an intriguing history.

In entrusting the manuscript johb to Sir Robert Ker, he writes: Both the and editions can be found in the Cardiff Rare Books collection.


With donnee considerations upon what is pretended from the said principles, by the author of a treatise, intituled, Biathanatos, and others. Reblogged this on jamesgray2 and commented: A wonderful book in so many ways!

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