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  • Dialectic View of the World and Life in Metaphysical Poetry


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Published: 27.05.2009.
Language: English
Level: Secondary school
Literature: 6 units
References: Used

The metaphysical poets are a group of British writers who appeared in seventeenth century. They were the followers of John Donne. John Donne was the founder of he Metaphysical School of poetry and the most independent of Elizabethan poets. He is also one of the brightest writers of metaphysical poetry who revolted against the easy and fluent style and stock imagery. The term “metaphysical” was first used by Dr. Johnson (Samuel Johnson) who was an English author, beginning as a journalist, he made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, novelist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. He said that that "the Metaphysical poets were men of learning” and he later complained that their poetry was laden with too much far-fetched learning. Apart from John Donne there were many other metaphysical poets. They were John Donne, George Herbert, Saint Robert Southwell, George Chapman, Andrew Marvell, Thomas Traherne and Henry Vaughan. In some sources Thomas Carew, Abraham Cowley, Richard Crashaw, Edward Herbert, Richard Leigh, Richard Lovelace, Katherine Philips, Sir John Suckling, Edward Taylor and Anne Bradstreet are also sometimes considered as metaphysical poets. [2]
The metaphysical poems were lyrical poems where sensation, emotion and thought were interfaced. …

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