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METAPHYSICAL POETRY. The Whole Experience of Man: Meta=beyond; Physics=science. What is a metaphysical poetry?. Explores Intellectual Bold emotion Uses allusions—especially to philosophy Includes images from science, law, medicine, religion

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metaphysical poetry

METAPHYSICAL POETRY

The Whole Experience of Man:

Meta=beyond; Physics=science

what is a metaphysical poetry
What is a metaphysical poetry?
  • Explores
  • Intellectual
  • Bold emotion
  • Uses allusions—especially to philosophy
  • Includes images from science, law, medicine, religion
  • Explores: love, God, Soul, Freedom, Nature of Reality; Reason for Being
characteristics
CHARACTERISTICS
  • Lyric poems—brief but intense meditations
  • Striking use of wit, irony, wordplay =

called METAPHYSICAL CONCEITS

  • Argumentative and persuasive
  • “affects the metaphysical and perplexes the mind”
  • Written in lines of unequal and varying length and rhythms that reflect unpredictable movements of an active mind
metaphysical conceits
METAPHYSICAL CONCEITS
  • Especially complex and ingenious figures of speech
  • A kind of METAPHOR that makes surprising connections between two seemingly dissimilar things
  • Used for an analytical and psychological investigation of love and life
  • Examples:
  • A lover’s tears are newly minted coins
  • The king’s court is a bowling alley
  • Lovers are holy saints
  • Lovers as two prongs of a compass
who and when
WHO and WHEN
  • John Donne (The Flea)
  • Andrew Marvell (To His Coy Mistress)
  • George Herbert
  • Ben Johnson
  • Robert Herrick (To the Virgins…)
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  • 1500’s-1600’s