Metaphysical Poetry Critics

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Dr Samuel Johnson (writing 150 years after Donne’s death)
"The most heterogeneous ideas yoked by violence together.”
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T.S. Eliot
"Impossible to isolate his ecstasy, his sensuality, and his cynicism.”
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David Beliles
"The simple fact that for the most part Donne denies voice to the woman would seem to leave ample and fertile ground for feminist critics to raise charges of sexism, egocentrism, and at the very least, insensitivity towards women.”
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David Beliles
"the onset of love unsettles and even shatters a man by destroying all illusion that he can live in self-containment and self-sufficiency”
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C.S. Lewis
"he “saddest” and most “uncomfortable” of our poets whose verse “exercises the same dreadful fascination that we feel in the grip of the worst kind of bore—the hot eyed, inescapable kind.”
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Veronica Chater
"Donne can be read as is a highly frustrated, emotionally needy and tragically self-catered individual.”
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Antonio S. Oliver
"[His work] demonstrates various opinions that at times conflict or agree with one another.”
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Bush
"A curious explorer of body and soul - his own body and soul, as he had little interest in women's feelings except as they affected his.”
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Stevie Davies
"[Donne's poetry] is less an expression of love than a record of ****.”
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Dyson and Lovelock
"Its true subject is the lady; its true emotion love.”
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