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Six Metaphysical Poets : A Reader's Guide

By: Williamson, George

Part of the Reader's guides series
0815606982 / 9780815606987
Paperback / softback
Stock expected by 12/03/2020
United States
141 x 203 mm 274 pages
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A guide to understanding the sometimes difficult or obscure poetry of the six greatest poets of the time.

This reader's guide focuses primarily on the sometimes difficult or obscure poetry of John Donne, George Herbert, Richard Crashaw, Abraham Cowley, Henry Vaughan, and Andrew Marvell, but it also deals with some of the lesser poets who can legitimately be included under the heading of metaphysical poets. Because this poetry is rich in philosophical ideas and metaphors, George Williamson helps the reader to understand the line-by-line meaning of particular poems before being bid to set out on a path to higher comprehension.

In addition, Williamson sketches the historical, intellectual, and rhetorical backgrounds of these poets, and the development of their literary reputations through the years.


2AB English, DSBD Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, DSC Literary studies: poetry & poets

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