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Conclusion

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/9780198117384.003.0020
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Examined from a structural point of view the modes of thought, imagination, and sensibility of the seven metaphysical poets studied in this book evidence a formal coherence reflected in the composition and style of their poems. Three systems of interrelated traits have been brought to light: the first set of correlations centres on the poets' modes of self-awareness and its consequences for the affections, while the second shows the dominance of presentness among six poets. In the third and last group of correlations, John Donne's and George Herbert's vivid and simultaneous awareness of two orders of reality appeared to be responsible for their emphasis on ‘double natures’, on the necessary conjunction of body and soul, and on the mysteries of the Incarnation and the Resurrection. It is also clear that the distinctive features in each poet's apprehension of time, and occasionally in his dominant mode of self-awareness, could be correlated with other traits concerning, among others, the perception of space by a consciousness with a wide or narrow field.

Keywords: metaphysical poets; self-awareness; presentness; Incarnation; Resurrection; body; soul; time; space

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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