Presented by Alpa Ponda
Smt.S.B Gardi Department of
Presentation topic -Metaphysical poetry
Paper no-1 Renaissance Literature
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John Donne was the founder of the metaphysical
poetry. He tried to write poetry in a different way.
The name ‘metaphysical poetry’ is given by Dr.
Samuel Johnson for the first time. When he wrote
the life of Abrahum Cowley in his book “ The
Lives”. But he used it in a negative sense to critise
the poetry of Donne and his followers but the
same term became a mark of the APPRAISAL of
the metaphysical poetry.
BIRD’S VIEW ON
- Metaphysical poets were literate and degree
holders .Display their scholarship through
- Differentiate themselves from Elizabethan
writers. Didn’t use traditional images and
conceits in their poetry.
- According to critic, Helen C. White, If the
poets would have written the poetry like their
formers, they would be rejected. Because it
was the time when reading class were
increased and these poets fed their hunger of
exersinging their mind
More a trial of finger and not the trial of
- Dr. Johnson
John Donne’s most of the poetries have this
element of strong argument for
persuation( strong force) of something.
Eg. THE FLEA
USE OF PARADOX.
It is a self contradictory. But it has something
in its deep.
Eg. The Chriastian way of saying that we only
gain life by loosing it.
He is the master of the arresting opening
lines good. He has proved it in
TO HIS MISTRESS GOING TO BED
SWEETEST LOVE I DO NOT GO
ANALOGIES DRAWN BETWEEN DIFFERENT
BRANCHES OF LEARNING
Donne and his followers bring images from
various fields like geometry, agriculture,
engineering, biology and architecture.
E.g. The Flea
THE FLEA BY JOHN DONNE
This poetry by John Donne, he makes
use of a biological image of The Flea.
he is trying to convince lover’s purpose
somehow he wants to pursue his sexual
desire is not a shame. It has purity the
let us discuss this poem