English Metaphysical Poetry

Literature / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
A look at the works of Donne, George Herbert, Richard Crashaw, Andrew Marvell, and several other lyric poets, and the influences and styles that shaped their works

“Donne, George Herbert, Richard Crashaw, Andrew Marvell, and several other lyric poets. Poetry is this type is distinguished form other poetry of the period by metrical form that imitates the rhythm of oratory rather than of song (Grierson, xxv), and by thematic emphasis on thought rather than feeling. The poetry of Donne and his followers is especially characterized by elaborately worked out figures of speech called “conceits.” These conceits are usually extended metaphors or similes that illustrate the poet’s thought by analogy to some more or less far-fetched comparison. Dame Helen Gardner describes the `conceit` by saying hat it is a `comparison whose ingenuity is more striking than its justness`.a comparison becomes a conceit when we are made to concede likeness while being strongly conscious of unlikeness?”


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