By John Milton, Richard Leigh, John Donne, William Cartwright, John B. Hall, Robert Heath, Thomas Stanley, Christopher Ricks, Colin
A key anthology for college students of English literature, Metaphysical Poetry is a set whose distinct philosophical insights are a number of the crowning achievements of Renaissance verse, edited with an creation and notes by means of Colin Burrow in Penguin Classics.
Spanning the Elizabethan age to the recovery and past, Metaphysical poetry sought to explain a time of startling growth, medical discovery, unrivalled exploration and deep spiritual uncertainty. This compelling choice of the simplest and most pleasurable poems from the period comprises tightly argued lyrics, erotic and libertine issues of affection, divine poems and elegies of lament by way of such nice figures as John Donne, George Herbert, Andrew Marvell and John Milton, along items from many different much less renowned yet both interesting poets of the age, comparable to Anne Bradstreet, Katherine Philips and Thomas Traherne. largely various in topic, all are characterised by means of their use of startling metaphors, imagery and language to specific the uncertainty of an age, and a profound wish for originality that was once to end up deeply influential on later poets and specifically poets of the Modernist stream resembling T. S. Eliot.
In his advent, Colin Burrow explores the character of Metaphysical poetry, its improvement around the 17th century and its effect on later poets and comprises A Very brief heritage of Metaphysical Poetry from Donne to Rochester. This variation additionally contains specific notes, a chronology and extra reading.
Colin Burrow is Reader in Renaissance and Comparative Literature at Gonville and Caius university, Cambridge. He has edited Shakespeare's Sonnets for OUP and the entire Works of Ben Jonson, and is operating at the Elizabethan quantity of the Oxford English Literary historical past.