Metaphysical Poetry

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A level English Lit - A level Mind Map on Metaphysical Poetry, created by nasouthwell on 10/09/2013.

Created by nasouthwell about 6 years ago
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Metaphysical Poetry
1 Applied to English and continenetal European poets of the 17th century
1.1 Eclipsed in the 18th and 19th century by Romantic and Victorian poets.
1.1.1 20th century readers and scholars saw Metaphysicals an attempt to understand pressing political and scientific upheavals.
2 John Donne
2.1 Described as most influential metaphysical poet
2.2 personal relationship with spirituality is at the center of most his work.
2.3 Psychological analysis and sexual realism of his work marked a dramatic departure from traditional respectable verse.
3 Poetic style
3.1 Philosphical and spiritual subjects approached with reason and often concluded in paradox
3.2 T.S Eliot saw in this group a capacity for "devouring all kinds of experience"
3.2.1 Concerned with the whole experience of man Profound areas of experience Love Romantic and sensual Mans relationship with God Less extent Pleasure Learning Art
3.3 Lyric Poems
3.4 Brief but intense meditations
3.5 Use of wit, irony and wordplay
3.6 Beneath the formal structure (of rhyme, metre and stanza) is the underlying structure of the poem's argument. There may be two or more kinds of argument in a poem

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