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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. Includes 2 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. Includes 2 selections from the Common Core State Standards Initiative.


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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. Includes 2 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. Includes 2 selections from the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

30 review for Metaphysical Poetry: An Anthology

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hope

    The introduction states that "the metaphysical poets were known for their wit (not humor, but nimbleness of thought, originality in figures of speech, and paradoxical metaphors). It is poetry that invites the reader to join the poet in an intellectual and emotional adventure." Although George Herbert and John Donne rank among my favorite inspirational poets, the majority of the poems included in this anthology were very difficult. I appreciated a few new-to-me poems such as Henry Vaughn's "The The introduction states that "the metaphysical poets were known for their wit (not humor, but nimbleness of thought, originality in figures of speech, and paradoxical metaphors). It is poetry that invites the reader to join the poet in an intellectual and emotional adventure." Although George Herbert and John Donne rank among my favorite inspirational poets, the majority of the poems included in this anthology were very difficult. I appreciated a few new-to-me poems such as Henry Vaughn's "The Search" where he describes the work of the cross as "never did tree bear fruit like this." And Donne's describing a poet as one who "tames his grief when he fetters it in verse." But for the most part I would not revisit this book, which required maximum effort for a minimum amount of pleasure. All the mental strain was worth it, however, because I unearthed a poem that I remember reading in seminary decades ago, George Herbert's joyful tribute to Sunday. Here is the final stanza: "Thou art a day of mirth: And where the week-days trail on ground, Thy flight is higher, as thy birth. O let me take thee at the bound, Leaping with thee from sev’n to sev’n, Till that we both, being toss’d from earth, Fly hand in hand to heav’n!" The best volumes of devotional poetry I've found (that are meaty while still being accessible) are Philip Comfort's The One Year Book of Poetry and The 1940 version of The Oxford Book of Christian Verse.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jules

    The "conceits" or "ridiculous metaphors" make the work both interesting and challenging. Donne, Marvell and Herbert are three of the better known poets whose verse is offered up. The poems will make the reader feel both baffled and delighted. "The Flea" is one of the best poems in this, but there are so many others. Take a pencil and make note of all the witty, memorable lines.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bobbi Martens

    Donne, Herbert, Marvel, Chrashaw, Vaughan, Traherne. Lots of good stuff in here. My only beef with this collection is that it could have included even more good poems by some of these authors - Herbert in particular.

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