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Seven Metaphysical PoetsA Structural Study of the Unchanging Self$
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Robert Ellrodt

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198117384

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117384.001.0001

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Introduction: The Singularity of the Self and its Revelation

Introduction: The Singularity of the Self and its Revelation

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(p.1) Introduction: The Singularity of the Self and its Revelation
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Seven Metaphysical Poets
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Robert Ellrodt

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117384.003.0001

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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