Metaphysical poetry is concerned with the experience of human beings, of love, romance, sensuality, relationships, learning and art. Some of the greatest Metaphysical poets include: John Donne, George Herbert, Henry Vaughan, Richard Crashaw, and Thomas Traherne. Read more about the Metaphysical Poets.
Six Metaphysical Poets: A Reader's Guide
, by George Williamson, focuses on the major Metaphysical Poets: John Donne, George Herbert, Richard Crashaw, Abraham Cowley, Henry Vaughan, and Andrew Marvell; but you'll also find information on some of the lesser-known poets.
Seven Metaphysical Poets
is a book by Robert Ellrodt, from Oxford University Press. You'll discover seven of the well-known Metaphysical poets: Donne and George Herbert, Crashaw and Vaughan, Lord Herbert, Marvell, and Traherne.
by Michael Holmes. Palgrave Macmillan. From the publisher: "'Early Modern Metaphysical Literature' illuminates now-obscured aspects of cultural negotiation and denaturalization germane to numerous Metaphysical texts. Examining poetry and prose by Donne, Marvell, Lanyer, Crashaw, and Edward Herbert, this book challenges readers to recognize the provocative strangeness of these writings both in their original contexts and today."
by Helen Gardner (Editor). Penguin. From the publisher: "In this important and influential anthology Dame Helen Gardner has collected together those seventeenth-century poets who, although never self-consciously a school, did possess in common certain features of argument and powerful persuasion which have come to be described as 'metaphysical'."
by John Carey (Editor). Oxford University Press. From the publisher: "John Donne (1572-1631) is today celebrated as one of the greatest of the metaphysical poets, whose verse was daringly original and whose use of imagery and conceits marked a new, intellectual approach to poetry. His Satires, Elegies, and Songs and Sonnets, which contain his most famous love poems, were complemented by his religious writing, both verse and prose."
by Arthur H. Nethercott. Haskell House. From the publisher: "Discusses the metaphysical poets and the fluctuations of taste from the middle of the 17th century to the present day. This title is cited and recommended by 'Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature'."
by Michael M. Holmes. Palgrave. From the publisher: "Exploring a wide range of poetry and prose by familiar and lesser-known authors, Holmes illuminates now-obscured aspects of cultural negotiation and denaturalization germane to numerous Metaphysical texts. His account also includes a reconsideration of the popular and scholarly reception of this literature from the early seventeenth century to the present."
by Simon Brittan. University of Virginia Press. From the publisher: "By acknowledging interpretive theories of the past, Brittan provides a proper historical frame of reference in which today's student can better understand figurative language in poetry."
This Dover collection includes: "The Definition of Love," "The Garden," "A Dialogue Between the Soul and the Body," "An Horatian Ode Upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland" and many more.
This anthology from Oxford University Press is edited by John Wain. The collection includes poetry from Edmund Spenser, as well as works from Donne and Marvell.