In a collection of essays honouring Professor J. Schipper, Rudolf Richter of Elbogen followed out Schipper's work on Donne's metrics ('Der Vers Bei Dr John Donne', in Beiträge zur neueren Philologie: Jakob Schipper, 1902, pp. 391-415).
[Richter starts from the categorical assumption that Donne's poetic career falls into three distinct periods, separated by his marriage and then his taking holy orders; and he lists the poems which must consequently be assigned to each period. This scheme leads him to date some of the Songs and Sonnets and Elegies between 1609 and 1613, and to space out along the years from 1618 to 1631 the Holy Sonnets, the 'Autumnal' and the Hymns, among others. The supposed pattern of Donne's development then becomes the basis of an analysis of Donne's shifting metrical uses which shows in percentages, period by period, the relative occurrence of such technical features as end-stopped lines, run-on lines, mid-line caesuras, feminine line-endings, and so on. Richter generally agrees with Schipper that Donne was a conscious artist who could be harsh when the mode required it but also wrote love-lyrics of harmonious beauty.]
Seccombe (1866-1923) wrote collaboratively two books that were very popular-The Age of Shakespeare and The Age of Johnson. He also wrote introductions to a wide range of literary and historical works. In the first line of these literary histories,