What is Reader Response? What good does it do? Reader Response is a literary criticism technique that helps the reader better understand the text and the world around them. Reader Response critics can sum up their analysis by answering this question: What is the reading process, and what happens during it (Bressler, Literary Criticism An Introduction To theory and Practice, page 62)?
John Donne, born 1572, died 1631, wrote poems for an elite society of friends, and circulated them only in manuscript form. Many of his works were not published until after his death. Donneaa