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Metaphysical Poetry

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A key anthology for students of English literature, Metaphysical Poetry is a collection whose unique philosophical insights are some of the crowning achievements of Renaissance verse, edited with an introduction and notes by Colin Burrow in Penguin Classics.

Spanning the Elizabethan age to the Restoration and beyond, Metaphysical poetry sought to describe a time of startlin
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 25th 2006 by Penguin Classics
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Feb 18, 2013 Karen rated it liked it
The seveneenth century is not my favourite period of writing by any means so I did not pick up this book expecting to be blown away.

That does not mean there was no fantastic poems in here though.

Where better can one start than with Donne's poetry - Song, The Relic, Death be not Proud, Batter My Heart...

I loved Henry King's Sic Vita.

George Herbert is usually awesome - Perseverance and Love (III) were perhaps the best of his in this volume.

Thomas Beedome's The Present, Richard Crashaw's An Epitap
Good range of lesser known poets for such a short book, as well as the most well known poems of canonical writers, useful introduction and further reading suggestions.

Favourites: The Triple Fool, John Donne; To my Excellent Lucasia, on our Friendship, Katherine Philips.
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Metaphysical poetry of the 17th century is intriguing to me because it is characterized by wit and the use of complex stylistic maneuvers, as well as concerned with approaching philosophy and spirituality with reason and analyzing, not just feeling, emotion. Since I tend to gravitate towards John Donne I was glad that this book broadened my horizons and introduced me to other poets I had not heretofore known.
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Read the poetry of John Donne, and George Herbert specifically. Wonderful poems, wonderful poets.
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