Metaphysical Poetry

Paperback | July 25, 2006

byColin VariousIntroduction byColin BurrowEditorChristopher Ricks

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A key anthology for students of English literature, featuring some of the crowning achievements of Renaissance verse

Spanning the Elizabethan age to the Restoration and beyond, Metaphysical poetry sought to describe a time of startling progress, scientific discovery, unrivalled exploration and deep religious uncertainty. This compelling collection of the best and most enjoyable poems from the era includes tightly argued lyrics, erotic and libertine considerations of love, divine poems and elegies of lament by such great figures as John Donne, George Herbert, Andrew Marvell and John Milton, alongside pieces from many other less well known but equally fascinating poets of the age, such as Anne Bradstreet, Katherine Philips and Thomas Traherne. Widely varied in theme, all are characterized by their use of startling metaphors, imagery and language to express the uncertainty of an age, and a profound desire for originality that was to prove deeply influential on later poets and in particular poets of the Modernist movement such as T. S. Eliot.

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A key anthology for students of English literature, featuring some of the crowning achievements of Renaissance verse Spanning the Elizabethan age to the Restoration and beyond, Metaphysical poetry sought to describe a time of startling progress, scientific discovery, unrivalled exploration and deep religious uncertainty. This compellin...

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Featuring more erotic and libertine poems, more political poems, and more poems by women, this newly revised selection of poems by the greatest poets of the seventeenth century offers a generous sampling of John Donne as well as poems by George Herbert, John Milton, Anne Bradstreet, Richard Crashaw, Henry Vaughan, Andrew Marvell, the E...

Colin Burrow is a Reader in Renaissance and Comparative Literature at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He has edited Shakespeare's Sonnets for OUP and The Complete Works of Ben Jonson, and is working on the Eizabethan volume of the Oxford English Literary History.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.74 × 5.07 × 0.91 inPublished:July 25, 2006Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:014042444X

ISBN - 13:9780140424447

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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