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date: 20 October 2019

Metaphysical poetslocked

(act. c. 1600–c. 1690)
  • Colin Burrow

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Metaphysical poets (act.c. 1600–c. 1690), is a label often attached to a loosely connected group of seventeenth-century poets, among whom the central figures are John Donne, George Herbert, Henry Vaughan, Andrew Marvell, and Richard Crashaw. It is traditionally said that the group was united by the use of far-fetched comparisons, or ‘conceits’, that drew attention to their own ingenuity—although this is more evidently a feature of ...

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