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Renascence

Volume 66, Issue 4, Fall 2014

Essays on Values in Literature

Michael T. Smith
Pages 235-254
DOI: 10.5840/renascence201466418

You Know My Name (Look up the Number)
The Structural Significance of Plato’s Lambda Formula in John Donne’s “a Litany”

Donne used Plato’s Lambda numbers to construct “A Litany.” Specifically, each number in the Lambda sequence ties not only to the concept of world-creation as outlined in Timaeus, but also to its notion of the circular nature of the world, of man returning to the monad.

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