metaphysical poets

metaphysical poets
a group of 17th-century English poets, including John Donne, George Herbert and Andrew Marvell. Their poetry was marked by a clever and complicated mixture of words and ideas, with each poem being based on a central idea, or ‘conceit’. They gained a high reputation in the 20th century, mainly because of critical praise from T S Eliot.

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  • Metaphysical Poets —   [metə fɪzɪkl pəʊɪts], von J. Dryden und S. Johnson abwertend (im Sinne von »abstrakt«) verwendete Bezeichnung für eine Gruppe weltlicher und religiöser englischer Barocklyriker des 17. Jahrhunderts (J. Donne, G. Herbert, A. Marvell, H. Vaughan… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Metaphysical poets — John Donne, one of the most famous Metaphysical Poets. The metaphysical poets is a term coined by the poet and critic Samuel Johnson to describe a loose group of British lyric poets of the 17th century, who shared an interest in metaphysical… …   Wikipedia

  • Metaphysical Poets — Als metaphysische Dichtung (engl. metaphysical poetry) wird eine Strömung in der englischen Dichtung des Barock im 17. Jahrhundert bezeichnet. Ihre Vertreter eint ein Interesse an philosophischen Fragen, wobei metaphysisch hier nicht als das… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • metaphysical poets — group of 17th century English poets who mixed rationalism and emotion in their poetry …   English contemporary dictionary

  • metaphysical poets — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Metaphysical — may refer to: Metaphysics, a branch of philosophy dealing with aspects of existence and the theory of knowledge The supernatural Metaphysical poets, a poetic school from seventeenth century England who correspond with baroque period in European… …   Wikipedia

  • Metaphysical poet — ▪ English literature  any of the poets in 17th century England who inclined to the personal and intellectual complexity and concentration that is displayed in the poetry of John Donne (Donne, John), the chief of the Metaphysicals. Others include… …   Universalium

  • metaphysical — adjective 1》 relating to metaphysics.     ↘based on abstract reasoning.     ↘transcending physical matter or the laws of nature. 2》 denoting certain 17th century English poets known for their subtlety of thought and complex imagery. noun (the… …   English new terms dictionary

  • metaphysical — adj. & n. adj. 1 of or relating to metaphysics. 2 based on abstract general reasoning. 3 excessively subtle or theoretical. 4 incorporeal; supernatural. 5 visionary. 6 (of poetry, esp. in the 17th c. in England) characterized by subtlety of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • metaphysical — (adj.) early 15c., pertaining to metaphysics, from methaphesik (late 14c.) + AL (Cf. al), and in part from M.L. metaphysicalis, from M.L. metaphysica (see METAPHYSICS (Cf. metaphysics)). It came to be used in the sense of abstract, speculative (e …   Etymology dictionary

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