The Metaphysical Poets, Paperback Book

The Metaphysical Poets Paperback

Part of the Longman Medieval and Renaissance Library series


The Metaphysical Poets provides an accessible introduction to the Metaphysicals, covering six very diverse poets: Donne, Herbert, Crashaw, Vaughan, Marvell and Traherne.

David Reid considers the differences covered by the term 'Metaphysical' and on the exoticness of the poets' inner lives.

At the same time he examines the chief characteristic of Metaphysical wit and compares and contrasts the work and wit of the six poets with non-introspective poets such as Cowley, the Cavaliers and the Augustans.

The discussion of each poet is preceded by a 'Life' in which the biographical facts, personal, cultual and political are treated, with a view to illuminating the concerns of the poems.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
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  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9780582298354

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