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Metaphysical Poetry

The term metaphysical was applied to a style of 17th Century poetry first by John Dryden and later by Dr. Samuel Johnson. While the poetry is widely varied (the metaphysicals are not a thematic or even a structural school), there are some common characteristics including, most importantly, the highly intellectual and often abstruse imagery involved.

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