The Metaphysical Poets

The essay ‘The Metaphysical Poets’ was originally a review in the London Times Literary Supplement (October 20, 1921) of the book Metaphysical Lyrics and Poems of the Seventeenth Century. In this essay, Eliot discusses three questions:

To what extent did the so-called metaphysical form a school or a movement? How far is this so-called school or movement a digression from the main current? What is the importance in the modern age, of the study of these poets? The essay may be summarized under four headings:

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