Metaphysical Poetry

Metaphysical Poetry

John Milton, Richard Leigh, John Donne, William Cartwright, John B. Hall, Robert Heath, Thomas Stanley, Christopher Ricks, Colin


A key anthology for college kids of English literature, Metaphysical Poetry is a suite whose targeted philosophical insights are the various crowning achievements of Renaissance verse, edited with an creation and notes by means of Colin Burrow in Penguin Classics.

Spanning the Elizabethan age to the recovery and past, Metaphysical poetry sought to explain a time of startling development, medical discovery, unrivalled exploration and deep non secular uncertainty. This compelling number of the easiest and most pleasurable poems from the period comprises tightly argued lyrics, erotic and libertine issues of affection, divine poems and elegies of lament by means of such nice figures as John Donne, George Herbert, Andrew Marvell and John Milton, along items from many different much less renowned yet both interesting poets of the age, akin to Anne Bradstreet, Katherine Philips and Thomas Traherne. extensively assorted in topic, all are characterised via their use of startling metaphors, imagery and language to specific the uncertainty of an age, and a profound hope for originality that used to be to turn out deeply influential on later poets and particularly poets of the Modernist circulate comparable to T. S. Eliot.

In his advent, Colin Burrow explores the character of Metaphysical poetry, its improvement around the 17th century and its impression on later poets and comprises A Very brief historical past of Metaphysical Poetry from Donne to Rochester. This variation additionally comprises special notes, a chronology and additional reading.

Colin Burrow is Reader in Renaissance and Comparative Literature at Gonville and Caius university, Cambridge. He has edited Shakespeare's Sonnets for OUP and the entire Works of Ben Jonson, and is operating at the Elizabethan quantity of the Oxford English Literary History.

Note: switched over from the retail AZW3 edition.

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