Wit and Conceit in Metaphysical Poetry Essay

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Wit and conceit are the main features of metaphysical poetry”. Discuss wit and conceit with reference to John Donne poems and Andrew Marvell’s coy mistress It often happens when we take into account the work of significant poets like John Donne and Andrew Marvell, certain questions revolves in our mind like, how poets like John Donne and Andrew Marvell are able to write about an apparent theme that offers a completely different profound meaning if the reader examines a poem? And being a metaphysical author what sort of intentions they possess concerning the poem? In my term paper I try to answer these questions and a lot more. But before going through anything else, the major thing that matter is to clarify metaphysical poetry and wit and conceit. Further I will discuss with and conceit with reference to John Donne and Andrew Marvell’s poem, along with that I will give a short analysis of some of the poems as well. This analysis will be extended to an in-depth analysis of the conceits (type, style, of writing, theme etc.) At last, I will summarize all my results in a conclusion. “ The term “metaphysics” literally means to exceed above or beyond the physical or concrete, often about non material and supernatural things. ” Metaphysics” is often applied to all the minor poets of puritan age 1620-1660, generally regarded as metaphysical poets who dealt with subjects concerning the abstract in concrete terms. All metaphysical poets attempt to transcend the physical sphere in order to gain perspective or vision.” (http://ardhendude.blogspot.com/2012/12/metaphysical-conceit-examples-from.html) They attempt to

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