John Donne As A Metaphysical Poet

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John Donne is undoubtedly acknowledged as a giant metaphysical poet. In Donne’s metaphysical poetry we find unified sensibility. His poems range from deeply religious pieces to secular ones; they include lyrics, sonnets, elegies, satires and epigrams. This paper focuses on the exploration of the features of Donne’s metaphysical poetry. Donne is respect of the manifestation of metaphysical poetry was supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and most outstanding among all poets such as Richard Crashaw, Henry Vaughan, Abraham Cowley, George Herbert, Andrew Marvell and many others. Donne’s poetry expresses a strong independent spirit as it remolds literary traditions and conventions. His poetry is overloaded with fantastic comparisons, complicated similes…show more content…
These strains have been labeled as ‘Dramatic’. He set a vague for metaphysical conceit and influenced a large number of contemporary poets. The concept of metaphysical conceit is another but most enticing aspect of Donne’s poetry. According to Dr Johnson, “conceits are the most heterogeneous ideas yoked by violence together”. Metaphysical poets are unable to achieve their poetic goals because they do not represent basic human nature and human feelings in their poetry. Metaphysical poets are highly argumentative. They are the men of learning. In their poetry we find the union of soul and mind, thought and emotion, Sublimity and Triviality. T. S Eliot has rightly pointed out that passionate thinking is the chief mark of metaphysical poetry. The most striking feature in Donne’s poetry is that every lyric arises of some emotional situation and the emotion is not merely expressed but it is also analyzed. “The Sun Rising” and “The Canonization” show the hasty beginning without any prediction or background. Thus the poet…show more content…
The blending of witty and subtle remarks with emotion and feeling exposes John Donne’s scholasticism as a Metaphysical poets and brings the whole of experience into his poetry in which profound interest of experience can be analyzed to meet up the psychological curiosity of writing love and religious poetry.
Actually Metaphysical poets wanted to do something unique that’s why they separated themselves from Spenser and Elizabethans poets.
In his poem “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning”, Donne deals with conjugal love. While consoling his wife, the speaker argues that the parting can’t harm their love because their love is the love of souls. Similarly “Batter my Heart” is full of paradoxical statements. The use of colloquial speech is an important feature of Donne’s poetry.
In the philosophical sense John Donne is not a true Metaphysical poet. Infect he is stylistically a metaphysical
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