The headmistress of the Clifton High School for Girls, Bristol, compiled a third collection of poetry 'primarily for the Upper Forms of High Schools' (A Third Poetry Book, 1889, pp. 127, 211-12 and 273-6).
[The volume gives some 196 poems or bits of poems, from Chaucer to J.R. Lowell, and includes three items by Donne. A fragment of 'Love's Growth' (lines 1-6 and 15-20) appears as a whole conception. The First Anniversary is given entire. Some three pages of highlights from The Second Anniversary, not always indicating cuts, string together lines 1-6, 67-81, 221-30, 241-50, 435-67, 516-28. No comments are offered on the poems, but unfamiliar uses are sensibly glossed.]
Professor Dowden (1842-1913), of Trinity College Dublin, read an appreciative paper on Donne's poetry to the Elizabethan and Literary Society in May 1990. Dowden promptly published the paper in a periodical, and evidently judged it to have still wider interest ('The Poetry of John Donne', Fortnightly Review, n.s. 232 (1890), 791-808). The paper was reprinted three times in journals in 1890, and Dowden also included it in his New Studies in Literature, 1895, pp. 90-120).
The study of a great writer acquires its highest interest only when we view his work as a whole; when we perceive the relation of the parts to one another, and to their centre; when nothing remains