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Author Reid, David, 1940-

Title The Metaphysical poets / David Reid.

Published Harlow, England ; New York : Longman, 2000.

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 UniM Bail  821.309 REID    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 293 pages ; 25 cm.
Series Longman medieval and Renaissance library.
Longman medieval and Renaissance library.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Chapter 1 John Donne 13 -- Life 13 -- Some general characteristics of Donne's poetry 29 -- Satires and moral verse 39 -- Love poems 50 -- Religious verse 74 -- Chapter 2 George Herbert 91 -- Life 91 -- Plan of The Temple 100 -- Johnson on devotional poetry 103 -- Herbert on devotional poetry 105 -- Herbert's relation to himself and to God 112 -- Life and death 128 -- Herbert as Metaphysical 130 -- Chapter 3 Richard Crashaw 137 -- Life 137 -- Crashaw's poetry 142 -- Crashaw as Metaphysical 164 -- Chapter 4 Henry Vaughan 167 -- Life 167 -- Vaughan's politics 169 -- Vaughan as poet of retreat 175 -- Vaughan as nature poet 188 -- Vaughan as Metaphysical 193 -- Chapter 5 Andrew Marvell 195 -- Life 195 -- Marvell's poetry 204 -- Marvell as Metaphysical 227 -- Chapter 6 Thomas Traherne 232 -- Life 232 -- Traherne's poetry of deprivation 236 -- Poetry of transcendence 242 -- Traherne as Metaphysical 253 -- Other forms of seventeenth-century wit 259 -- Metaphysical and Augustan 268.
Summary This work provides and introduction to the work of six poets: Donne, Herbert, Crashaw, Vaughan, Marvell and Traherne. By closely examining how the poems work, this book aims to help readers enjoy and critically appreciate the ways in which fantastic and elaborate styles may express private intensities. There is emphasis on the differences covered by the term 'Metaphysical' and on the rich and strange diversity of the poets inner lives. A discussion of each poet is preceded by a 'Life' section in which the biological facts, personal, cultural and political, are treated with a view toward illuminating the concerns of the poet.
Subject English poetry -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
Metaphysics in literature.
ISBN 0582298342
0582298350 (paperback)