Students gain insight in to first rank writer

For about 250 years it was rather unfashionable to admire Donne, but early in the 20th century he once again found favour (partly because TS Eliot valued him). He is now regarded among the first rank of English writers, both as poet and prose stylist. His particular genius is to unite passion and deep thought. His admirers also celebrate his searching, restless life, lived with intensity – and his perpetual struggle to reconcile his sense of a unique individuality with his desire to submit humbly to the providence of God. At Civics the Friday before last James Clarkson embodied the words of Donne through poems, letters and sermons. He deftly demonstrated the range of Donne’s life in a simply staged but effective manner. Students were impressed by this evening and it gave us a valuable introduction and insight into Donne’s world.

By Nick Meigh, Teacher of History


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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