Postmodernism began in the sixties, when there developed on both sides of the Atlantic a feeling that poetry had become too ossified, backward-looking and restrained. Certainly it was clever, with striking imagery, symbolism and structural economy, but it was also far too predictable. Where were the technical innovations of the early modernists?
This does not necessarily imply that he intended metaphysical to be used in its true sense, in that he was probably referring to a witticism of John Drydenwho said of John Donne: He affects the metaphysics, not only in his satires, but in his amorous verses, where nature only should reign; and perplexes the minds of the fair sex with nice speculations of philosophy, when he should engage their hearts, and entertain them with the softnesses of love.
Cowley has copied him to a fault. The metaphysical poets were men of learning, and, to show their learning was their whole endeavour; but, unluckily resolving to show it in rhyme, instead of writing poetry, they only wrote verses, and, very often, such verses as stood the trial of the finger better than of the ear; for the modulation was so imperfect, that they were only found to be verses by counting the syllables The most heterogeneous ideas are yoked by violence together; nature and art are ransacked for illustrations, comparisons, and allusions; their learning instructs, and their subtilty surprises; but the reader commonly thinks his improvement dearly bought, and, though he sometimes admires, is seldom pleased.
Cowley himself, John Donne and John Clevelandwhich is hardly sufficient for such a blanket condemnation. Instead he was repeating the disapproval of earlier critics who upheld the rival canons of Augustan poetryfor though Johnson may have given the Metaphysical 'school' the name by which it is now known, he was far from being the first to condemn 17th century poetic usage of conceit and word-play.
John Dryden had already satirised the Baroque taste for them in his Mac Flecknoe and Joseph Addisonin quoting him, singled out the poetry of George Herbert as providing a flagrant example. For him it begins with a break with the formerly artificial style of their antecedents to one free from poetic diction or conventions.
It was from the use of conceits particularly that the writing of these European counterparts was known, Concettismo in Italian, Conceptismo in Spanish. Grierson noted in addition that the slightly older poet, Robert Southwell who is included in Gardner's anthology as a precursorhad learned from the antithetical, conceited style of Italian poetry and knew Spanish as well.
The European dimension of the Catholic poets Crashaw and Southwell has been commented on by others. The use of conceits was common not only across the Continent, but also elsewhere in England among the Cavalier poetsincluding such elegists of Donne as Carew and Godolphin.
Another striking example occurs in Baroque poems celebrating "black beauty", built on the opposition between the norm of feminine beauty and instances that challenge that commonplace. But English writing goes further by employing ideas and images derived from contemporary scientific or geographical discoveries to examine religious and moral questions, often with an element of casuistry.
Stylistic echoes[ edit ] Long before it was so-named, the Metaphysical poetic approach was an available model for others outside the interlinking networks of 17th century writers, especially young men who had yet to settle for a particular voice.
The poems written by John Milton while still at university are a case in point and include some that were among his earliest published work, well before their inclusion in his Poems of It may be remembered also that at the time Milton composed these, the slightly younger John Cleveland was a fellow student at Christ's College, Cambridgeon whom the influence of the Metaphysical style was more lasting.
In Milton's case, there is an understandable difference in the way he matched his style to his subjects. He had yet to enter university when he contributed a poem on the death of Henry Lord Hastings to the many other tributes published in Lachrymae Musarum The choice of style by the young Milton and the young Dryden can therefore be explained in part as contextual.
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