Key Features of Metaphysical Poetry

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  • Metaphysical Poetry
    • Use of Conceits
    • Dramatic Opening Line
    • Spiritual defined as physical and vice versa
    • Idea which proclaim dominance and superiority of mind over material
    • Do not conform to laws of the physical and reality
    • Carnal (profane) and divine (sacred) love
    • Paradoxical Imagery
    • Inventive and Subtle Style
    • Dramatic, with abrupt aggressive opening but modulating tones.
    • Style – concise,  succinct, epigrammatic
    • Time and eternity (finite and infinite)
    • Body and soul   (corporal and spiritual)
    • Emotion (passion) and Reason (logic)
    • Antithethis


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