Metaphysical Poetry text guide
The guide provides the historical background against which many of the poems were written. One of the biggest differences between the seventeenth century and today is that the period in which the Metaphysical Poets were writing was a religious age, not a secular one. This meant that the Bible and other religious texts, including those used in worship, were well known.
Analysis of the poems
Find out about the poetry of the meta- physicals, what their key themes were, why they wrote their poems, and how even the shape of the poetry can have meaning, such as George Herbert's Easter Wings. Read more . . .
The world of the Metaphysicals
At the beginning of the time of the metaphysicals Queen Elizabeth I was on the throne. She was a powerful monarch, in control of parliament and the all the political decisions in England. Read more . . .
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Metaphysical poems - Detailed analysis of the poems of the metaphysical poets.
Metaphysical poetry Timeline - Helpfully puts the historical and literary context alongside the lives of the metaphysical poets so you can make sense of events.
Themes and significant ideas - Research themes and significant ideas, such as the loss of innocence, that feature in the different poems.
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