Compare and contrast the Elizabethan poetic tradition and metaphysical age. Use at least two poems each to justify your answer.

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With so many important poets dominating the time periods you mention, the scope of your question is enormous! However, I’ll try to answer it as succinctly as possible in the space we have available here.

I’d look at the works of four poets for a comparative analysis of Elizabethan and metaphysical traditions: Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, John Donne, and George Herbert. But first, a couple of clarifications: Elizabethan verse refers to English poetry written around the time of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603), whereas metaphysical refers to a school of poetry which rose in the Jacobean period (1603-1625) and lasted for a few decades after; therefore there is more of an overlapping continuum rather than a sharp boundary between the two kinds of poetry. For example, Shakespeare is considered an Elizabethan writer, though his work spans both the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods.

Very broadly speaking, we can say that Elizabethan verse, strongly influenced by the courtly...

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