From Donne to Dryden
The Revolt against Metaphysical Poetry
By Robert Lathrop Sharp
Approx. 234 pp., 5.5 x 8.5
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-4482-0
Published: July 2018
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The intense and concentrated revolution in poetic taste in seventeenth-century England is traced from Donne's idiom--subtle, complex, and shot through with unconventional moods--to the idiom of Dryden, which follows the taste for clarity, harmony, and propriety. More than poetry is involved in this revolt. The cultural and intellectual forces of the century made a change in taste inevitable by altering man's way of looking at himself and his world.
Originally published in 1940.
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