The Traces of Hermeticism in John Donne’s An Anatomy of the World

Document Type : Original Article


AZad University Azad University


The highlighted purpose of the present study lies on the traces of Hermeticism in John Donne’s celebrated poem, An Anatomy of the World. Since Donne was one of the seventeenth-century poets and a highly significant poet in the metaphysical school of poetry, his poems explore the realms of philosophy, theology, popular science, and also the idea of Platonic love in his love poetry. Hermeticism is an ancient idea which focuses on spiritual, philosophical, and magical tradition. This school of thought concentrates on the path of spiritual growth. It believes that human beings return to a state of unity by the spiritual journey. With reference to this idea, this study explores the elements of Hermeticism in the lines of An Anatomy of the World in order to grasp the idea of spiritual journey and unification in that Donne in this poem centers on a profound quest and spiritual journey of the soul that goes to heaven.


Abjadian, Amrollah. A Survey of English Literature (I). TehranL Samt, 2011.
Hodgson, Elizabeth. Gender and Sacked Self in John Donne. London:  University of Delaware Press, 1999.
Mackenzie, Donald. The Metaphysical Poets. Macmillan LTD, 1990.
Throne, Sara. Mastering Poetry.  Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2006.
“Freud’’. A Newsletter on Philosophy and Literature: The Hermetic Tradition. n. d. Web. 29 Oct.2003. <>.
Forrest, Adam. P. Forrest, M. Isidora .’’Hermetic Fellowship’’. n. d. Web.20 March, 2014. < http: // Beliefs Values.