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Introduction: The Singularity of the Self and its Revelation

Robert Ellrodt

in Seven Metaphysical Poets

Published in print May 2000 | ISBN: 9780198117384
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670923 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117384.003.0001
Introduction: The Singularity of the Self and its Revelation

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This book is about seven metaphysical poets: John Donne, George Herbert, Henry Vaughan, Richard Crashaw, Andrew Marvell, Edward Herbert, and Thomas Traherne. It focuses on the structures which determined individual modes of perception and thought, imagination, and sensibility for each of these metaphysical poets. Three systems of correlated traits are explored: the various modes of self-awareness, the forms of perception of time and space, and the modes of world-awareness; and the predisposition of the individual mind to apprehend the sensible and the spiritual, the natural and the transnatural, the human and the divine, either jointly or separately, and when jointly, either distinctly or confusedly.

Keywords: metaphysical poets; John Donne; George Herbert; Henry Vaughan; Richard Crashaw; Andrew Marvell; Edward Herbert; Thomas Traherne; self-awareness; imagination

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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