The metaphysical poets is a term coined by the poet and critic John Dryden to describe a loose group of British lyric poets of the 17th century, whose work was characterized by the inventive use of conceits, and by speculation about topics such as love or religion. These poets were not formally affiliated; most of them did not even know or read each other.
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... of emotion but an escape from emotion' and his insistence that ‘poets…at present must be difficult.’” Eliot’s essays were a major factor in the revival of interest in the ... Eliot particularly praised the metaphysical poets' ability to show experience as both psychological and sensual, while at the same time infusing this ... Eliot's essay "The Metaphysical Poets," along with giving new significance and attention to metaphysical poetry, introduced his now well-known definition of "unified sensibility," which is ...
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