Definition of metaphysical poets noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


metaphysical poets

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a group of 17th century English poets who explored the nature of the world and human life, and who used images that were surprising at that time Culture The metaphysical poets included 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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