The Metaphysical Poets

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The Metaphysical Poets
Read By: Nicholas Boulton, Jonathan Keeble

[ Naxos Audio Books / CD ]

Release Date: Monday 30 July 2012

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John Donne, Andrew Marvell, George Herbert, Thomas Carew and Henry Vaughan: these were some of the 17th-century writers who devised a new form of poetry full of wit, intellect and grace, which we now call Metaphysical poetry. They wrote about their deepest religious feelings and their carnal pleasures in a way that was radically new and challenging to their readers. Their work was largely misunderstood or ignored for two centuries, until 20th-century critics rediscovered it, finding in it a deep originality and a willingness to experiment that made much conventional poetry look merely decorative. This collection provides the perfect introduction to this diverse group of fascinating poets.


1 The Anniversary
2 The Good Morrow
3 The Sun Rising
4 The Canonisation
5 A Valediction Forbidding Mourning
6 A Nocturnal Upon St. Lucy's Day
7 The Flea
8 The Relic l
9 The Collar
10 Redemption
11 Love I
12 Love II
13 Love III
14 Jordan I
15 Jordan II
16 The Pearl
17 The Flower
18 To His Coy Mistress
19 The Coronet
20 The Definition of Love
21 The Garden
22 On a Drop of Dew
23 The Retreat
24 The World
25 They Are All Gone Into the World of Light
26 To His (Supposed) Mistress
27 To Our Lord, Upon the Water Made Wine
28 Mediocrity in Love Rejected
29 To a Lady That Desired I Would Love Her
30 The Spring
31 Edward, Lord Herbert of Cherbury - To His Watch…
32 Hoc Ego Versiculos
33 On Time
34 On the World
35 Against Love
36 John Hall - On an Hourglass
37 Thomas Traherne - Shadows in the Water
38 To Lucasta, Going to the Wars
39 The Scrutiny
40 Aubade The Lark Now Leaves…
41 Sir John Suckling - Of Thee, Kind Boy, I Ask No Re
42 Out Upon It, I Have Lov'd
43 Edmund Waller - Of the Last Verses in the Book l