Metaphysical Poetry: An Anthology

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Dramatic and conversational in rhythm and tone and rich in striking, unusual imagery, metaphysical poetry is represented in this anthology by such masterpieces as “Death, Be Not Proud,” by John Donne; Andrew Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress,” as well as works by George Herbert, Henry Vaughan, Richard Crashaw, Francis Quarles, Thomas Traherne, and others. An outstanding anthology for classroom use–high school through college.

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  1. Shalom Freedman

    Dover editions provide the basic poetic texts without serious and extended commentary. In a sense there is an advantage in this as it encourages the reader to engage the text, and seek understanding through reading and rereading. But there is also a great disadvantage especially when it comes to complicated poetry like that of the Metaphysicals whose complex linking of diverse images , whose intellectual toughness requires explanation.

    Nonetheless there is great poetry here at the usual Dover very reasonable price.

    As for the Metaphysicals themselves Donne is of course at the center. But there is also great poetry from Herbert and Marvell. This is a poetry in which the heart is very much in the mind, and one must have a strong intellect to understand.

    I know the challenge and delight of this poetry, and also understand how many readers find it most fascinating and great.( As did T.S. Eliot)

    But I nonetheless find my own heart and mind better expressed, reflected and uplifted in the Romantics (Wordsworth especially) who will come later.
    Rating: 5 / 5
    Metaphysical Poetry: An Anthology

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