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Metaphysical Poets

Metaphysical Poets and their poems. A list of the top 100 most popular and best famous Metaphysical poets. This list contains the most popular famous Metaphysical poets in history (with their best poetry).

Metaphysical poets (act. c.1600–c.1690) is a label often attached to a loosely connected group of seventeenth-century poets, among whom the central figures are John Donne, George Herbert, Henry Vaughan, Andrew Marvell, and Richard Crashaw. The term Metaphysical poets was coined by the poet and critic Samuel Johnson to describe a loose group of British lyric poets of the 17th century, whose work was characterized by the inventive use of conceits, and by speculation about topics such as love or religion.

Rank Metaphysical Poets
1 John Donne
Donne , John

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A Jacobean poet and preacher, the representative of the so-called metaphysical poets of the period.. English poet satirist lawyer and a cleric in the Church of England

2 Anne Bradstreet
Bradstreet , Anne

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Anne Dudley Bradstreet was the first female poet to be published from either Puritan America or England. Her work met with a positive reception in both the Old World and the New World.. Landed in Salem Massachusetts June 14 1630 America's first published poet

3 Thomas Carew
Carew , Thomas

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Thomas Carew was in the 'Cavalier' group of Caroline poets whose inspiration was entirely secular.. English Cavalier poet

4 Abraham Cowley
Cowley , Abraham

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Abraham Cowley was an English poet born in the City of London late in 1618. He was one of the leading English poets of the 17th century, with 14 printings of his Works published between 1668 and 1721. One of the leading English poets of the 17th century

5 Richard Crashaw
Crashaw , Richard

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Richard Crashaw, English poet, styled "the divine," was part of the Seventeenth-century Metaphysical School of poets.. English poet; one of the central figures associated with the Metaphysical poets in the 17th century

6 George Herbert
Herbert , George

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George Herbert was a Welsh poet, orator and Anglican priest. Being born into an artistic and wealthy family, he received a good education which led to his holding prominent positions at Cambridge University and Parliament. As a student at Trinity College, Cambridge, England, George Herbert excelled in languages and music. He went to college with the intention of becoming a priest, but his scholarship attracted the attention of King James I/VI. Herbert served in parliament for two years. public orator and poet

7 Andrew Marvell
Marvell , Andrew

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Andrew Marvell was an English metaphysical poet, Parliamentarian, and the son of a Church of England clergyman (also named Andrew Marvell). As a metaphysical poet, he is associated with John Donne and George Herbert. He was a colleague and friend of John Milton.. English metaphysical poet and politician

8 Katherine Philips
Philips , Katherine

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Katherine Philips was an Anglo-Welsh poet.. Anglo-Welsh poet

9 Sir John Suckling
Suckling , Sir John

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. English poet and inventor of the card game cribbage

10 Edward Taylor
Taylor , Edward

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. colonial American poet physician and pastor

11 Henry Vaughan
Vaughan , Henry

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. Welsh author physician and metaphysical poet

12 Martín Adán
Adán , Martín

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Martín Adán (Lima, 1908 - 1985), pseudonym of Rafael de la Fuente Benavides, was a Peruvian poet whose body of work is notable for its hermeticism and metaphysical depth.

13 George Chapman
Chapman , George

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George Chapman (c. 1559 – 12 May 1634) was an English dramatist, translator, and poet. He was a classical scholar, and his work shows the influence of Stoicism. Chapman has been identified as the Rival Poet of Shakespeare's Sonnets by William Minto, and as an anticipator of the Metaphysical Poets. Chapman is best remembered for his translations of Homer's Iliad, Odyssey, and Batrachomyomachia.. English dramatist translator and poet

14 Richard Corbet
Corbet , Richard

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Richard Corbet (or Corbett ) (1582 – 28 July 1635) was an English bishop in the Church of England. He was also a poet of the metaphysical school who, although highly praised in his own lifetime, is relatively obscure today.

15 Mihai Eminescu
Eminescu , Mihai

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Mihai Eminescu (Romanian pronunciation: ; born Mihail Eminovici; January 15, 1850 – June 15, 1889) was a Romantic poet, novelist and journalist, often regarded as the most famous and influential Romanian poet. Eminescu was an active member of the Junimea literary society and he worked as an editor for the newspaper Timpul ("The Time"), the official newspaper of the Conservative Party (1880–1918). His first poems volume was published when he was 16 and he went to Vienna to study when he was 19. The poet's Manuscripts, containing 46 volumes and approximately 14,000 pages, were offered by Titu Maiorescu as a gift to the Romanian Academy during the meeting that was held on January 25, 1902. Notable works include Luceafarul ("Evening Star"), Oda în metru antic (Ode in Ancient Meter), and the five Letters (Epistles/Satires). In his poems he frequently used metaphysical, mythological and historical subjects. In general his work was influenced by the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer.. Romanian Romantic poet novelist and journalist

16 André Frédérique
Frédérique , André

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André Frédérique (27 February 1915, Nanterre - 17 May 1957) was a French poet. He was a son of a police officer. He became a member of the Parisienne bohème (befriending people like Jean Carmet ). His works, often full of black humour (which did not save him from suicide caused by his feeling of a metaphysical hopelessness) are similar to Henri Michaux .

17 Jaswant Singh Neki
Neki , Jaswant Singh

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Dr. Jaswant Singh Neki (also known as (Punjabi) (born 27 August 1925) is a leading Indian Sikh scholar, significant neo- metaphysical Punjabi language poet and former Director of PGI Chandigarh and Head of the Psychiatry Department at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi.

18 Ramakant Rath
Rath , Ramakant

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Ramakanta Rath (Oriya) (born 13 December 1934) is one of the most renowned modernist poets in the Oriya literature. Heavily influenced by the poets such as T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound, Rath experimented greatly with form and style. The quest for the mystical, the riddles of life and death, the inner solitude of individual selves, and subservience to material needs and carnal desires are among this philosopher-poet's favorite themes. His poetry betrays a sense of pessimism along with counter-aesthetics, and he steadfastly refuses to put on the garb of a preacher of goodness and absolute beauty. His poetry is full of melancholy and laments the inevitability of death and the resultant feeling of futility. The poetic expressions found in his creations carry a distinct sign of symbolic annotations to spiritual and metaphysical contents of life. Often transcending beyond ordinary human capabilities, the poet reaches the higher territories of sharp intellectualism. The contents have varied from a modernist interpretation of ancient Sanskrit literature protagonist Radha in the poem "Sri Radha" to the ever-present and enthralling death-consciousness espoused in "Saptama Ritu" (The Seventh Season).

19 Mikolaj Sep Szarzynski
Szarzynski , Mikolaj Sep

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Mikolaj Sep Szarzynski (c. 1550 - c. 1581) was an influential Polish poet of the late Renaissance who wrote in both Polish and Latin. He was a pioneer of the Baroque and the greatest representative of the metaphysical movement of the era in Poland. His love poems are often classed as mannerist. Jan Blonski has called Sep Szarzynski a "mystical poet full of abstraction ", and Wiktor Weintraub has called him "the most outstanding poet of the times of Jan Kochanowski ". The poet's status in the history of Polish literature is controversial.

20 Thomas Traherne
Traherne , Thomas

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Thomas Traherne, MA (1636 or 1637 – ca. 27 September 1674) was an English poet and religious writer. His style is often considered Metaphysical.. English poet clergyman theologian and religious writer