Critical Analysis

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Essay on Metaphysical Poetry Metaphysical poetry is still as important and relevant today as it was in the late sixteenth century. It uses universal themes and beautiful language to appeal to modern audiences and expand the mind of those who read it. Metaphysical poetry is intellectual poetry. Intellectual poetry is that it makes frequent reference to the world of ideas and strenuous demands of the reader’s intelligence. The use of symbolism with layers of allegorical interpretation in metaphysical poetry was a literacy tradition and a habit of mind. The poetry includes the simplest themes along the surface of life, sorrow and joy, love, battle and peace. Questions that were asked long ago are still being asked today. Metaphysical poetry discussed these questions and relates to everyone who reads them, as the poets never answer the questions, only talk about them. The poets liked to explore things for themselves much like the community. They did not accept the orthodox explanations for both nature and the universe. With a world of changing values, religious, political and scientific, metaphysical poetry attempts to create a medium for the realistic questions of the complexities and diversities of personal expression. John Donne is the most renowned of the metaphysical poets or as you called them, “old fogies.” His poetry was a progress of his own soul, his relationship with God and reflections on his sinfulness. It was the intrinsic limitations of the human condition, not the achievements of the students that made metaphysical poetry relevant in the sixteenth century. Universal forces such as love, the soul and death cannot be overcome or explained. Questions about such forces do not have a scientific explanation. Metaphysical poetry discusses these questions and relates to everyone who reads them, as the poets do not answer the questions. They leave the answers

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