What are the characteristics of Metaphysical Poetry as illustrated in the poetry of John Donne?
Metaphysical poetry is usually characterized by the poet's attention to a single topic -- usually of a more philosophical nature. The poets that are considered metaphysical all display intellectualism and creativity in their poetry. The poems are clever and witty as well as interesting in how they present the speaker's/poet's stance on a subject.
One of the most famous poems by John Donne is "The Flea ." In this poem, the speaker is addressing a young woman and trying to convince her to have sex with him. His argument centers around a flea. At that thought the reader is thinking, "Are you kidding me? The speaker thinks a pesky flea is the stuff of romantic...
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