Metaphysical Poetry


Featuring more erotic and libertine poems, more political poems, and more poems by women, this newly revised selection of poems by the greatest poets of the seventeenth century offers a generous sampling of John Donne as well as poems by George Herbert, John Milton, Anne Bradstreet, Richard Crashaw, Henry Vaughan, Andrew Marvell, the Earl of Rochester, and many more.

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Featuring more erotic and libertine poems, more political poems, and more poems by women, this newly revised selection of poems by the greatest poets of the seventeenth century offers a generous sampling of John Donne as well as poems by George Herbert, John Milton, Anne Bradstreet, Richard Crashaw, Henry Vaughan, Andrew Marvell, the Earl of Rochester, and many more.

  • Includes chronology, suggestions for further reading, explanatory notes, and indexes of titles and of first lines
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140424447
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/25/2006
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 489,384
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Colin Burrow is director of studies in English and reader in Renaissance and comparative literature at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

Christopher Ricks is professor of humanities at Boston University and most recently author of Dylan’s Visions of Sin.

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Table of Contents

A hymn to my God in a night of my late sickness 3
On his mistress, the Queen of Bohemia 3
The flea 4
The good morrow 5
Song 6
Woman's constancy 7
The undertaking 7
The sun rising 8
The canonization 9
The triple fool 11
Song 12
Air and angels 13
The anniversary 14
Twickenham garden 15
Valediction to his book 16
The dream 18
A valediction of weeping 19
The curse 20
A nocturnal upon St. Lucy's day, being the shortest day 21
The apparition 22
A valediction : forbidding mourning 23
The ecstasy 24
The funeral 27
The relic 28
Elegy : to his mistress going to bed 29
Elegy : his picture 30
'As due by many titles' 31
'At the round Earth's imagined corners' 31
'Death be not proud' 32
'What if this present' 32
'Batter my heart' 33
'Since she whom I loved' 33
Good Friday, 1613 : riding westward 34
A hymn to Christ, at the author's last going into Germany 35
A hymn to God the Father 36
Hymn to God my God, in my sickness 37
[Parted souls] 38
Elegy over a tomb 39
The thought 40
Sonnet : on the groves near Merlou Castle 42
An ode upon a question moved, whether love should continue for ever? 42
A meditation upon his wax candle burning out 47
A dialogue betwixt time and a pilgrim 49
'Though regions far divided' 51
Pure simple love 53
To Cynthia : on her embraces 56
To Cynthia : on her mother's decease 57
Upon platonic love : to mistress Cicely Crofts, maid of honour 58
The legacy 60
The exequy 62
Sic Vita 65
A contemplation upon flowers 65
On a monument 66
The altar 67
Redemption 67
Easter wings 68
Prayer (I) 69
Jordan (I) 69
Church-monuments 70
Virtue 71
The pearl : Matthew 13 71
Mortification 73
Affliction (IV) 74
Life 75
Jordan (II) 76
The pilgrimage 76
The collar 78
The pulley 79
The flower 80
Aaron 81
The forerunners 82
Discipline 83
Death 85
Doomsday 86
Love (III) 87
Perseverance 87
Church festivals 88
To my mistress sitting by a river's side : an eddy 89
To my mistress in absence 90
A rapture 91
To a lady that desired I would love her 95
To my worthy friend master George Sandys, on his translation of the Psalms 97
A song 98
The second rapture 99
An elegy upon the death of the dean of St. Paul's, Dr. John Donne 100
The present 103
The vow-breach 104
The reconcilement 105
Upon his picture 106
To time 106
Against them who lay unchastity to the sex of woman 107
Nox Nocti indicat scientiam (David) 108
For the lady Olivia Porter :a present, upon a new year's day 110
Song : to two lovers condemned to die 110
The dream : to Mr. George Porter 111
Song 115
Song : Endymion Porter, and Olivia 116
Song 117
The bud 118
An apology for having loved before 118
Of the last verses in the book 119
On time 120
At a solemn music 121
On Shakespeare : 1630 122
Sonnet II 122
[Love's clock] 123
Against fruition 124
[The constant lover] 125
Farewell to love 126
Constancy 128
'Lord, when the wise men' 129
'Madam, 'tis true' 130
Elegy on Dr. Donne 131
A sigh sent to his absent love 133
No platonic love 134
A letter to her husband, absent upon public employment 135
On Mr. George Herbert's book entitled 'the temple of sacred poems', sent to a gentlewoman 136
To the noblest and best of ladies, the countess of Denbigh :persuading her to resolution in religion, and to render herself without further delay into the communion of the Catholic Church 136
A hymn of the nativity, sung as by the shepherds 138
New year's day 143
Upon the body of our blessed Lord, naked and bloody 144
Saint Mary Magdalene, or the weeper 144
A hymn to the name and honour of the admirable Saint Teresa 151
An epitaph upon a young married couple dead and buried together 156
Mr. Crashaw's answer for hope 156
The hecatomb to his mistress 158
The anti-platonic 161
To the same : the tears 162
On myself being sick of a fever 163
To her at her departure 164
Sonnet : to his mistress confined 165
Written in juice of lemon 166
All-over, love 168
Against hope 169
The enjoyment 170
My picture 171
Ode : of wit 172
On the death of Mr. Crashaw 174
Hymn to light 177
Song : to Lucasta, going beyond the seas 181
Song : to Lucasta, going to the wars 182
The grasshopper : to my noble friend Mr. Charles Cotton : ode 183
To Althea, from prison : song 185
La Bella Bona Roba 186
A dialogue between the resolved soul and created pleasure 187
On a drop of dew 190
The coronet 191
Bermudas 192
A dialogue between the soul and body 193
The nymph complaining for the death of her fawn 195
To his coy mistress 198
Mourning 199
The definition of love 201
The picture of little T. C. in a prospect of flowers 202
Damon the mower 204
The garden 207
An Horatian ode upon Cromwell's return from Ireland 209
Regeneration 213
The retreat 216
The morning-watch 217
'Silence, and stealth of days' 218
Unprofitableness 219
Idle verse 219
The world 220
Man 222
'I walked the other day' 223
'They are all gone into the world of light' 226
The star 227
'As time one day by me did pass' 228
The waterfall 230
Quickness 231
The quaere 232
Love's contentment 232
The glow-worm 234
The bracelet 234
The exequies 235
The life 236
The dart 236
To my husband 237
An Epicurean ode 238
The epitome 239
An epitaph 239
To my excellent Lucasia, on our friendship 240
A dialogue of friendship multiplied 241
Orinda to Lucasia 242
The preparative 243
Felicity 245
Shadows in the water 246
Consummation 246
Love and life 251
Song : a young lady to her ancient lover 251
Upon nothing 252
Greatness in little 255
The echo 257
On a sunbeam 258
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