Metaphysical Poetry

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Last updated: November 29, 2019

metaphysical poetry
poetry characterized by intellectual displays and concern with metaphysical, or philosophical, issues.

when a poet takes an abstract idea and uses logic, math, or science to explain it in more concrete terms.

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conceit
extended comparisons that link objects or ideas not commonly associated with each other

paradox
images or descriptions that appear self contradictory but hold a truth

apostrophe
when a poet directly addresses an object or idea that can’t respond

syllogism
a 3 part logical claim/argument that is logical/philosophical ex) 1. all humans are mortal 2. i am a human 3. therefore i am mortal

how syllogism is used in “to his coy mistress”
1. if there was all the time in the world, they would spend it discovering their love2.

we don’t have all the time in the world, we won’t live forever3. therefore, lets enjoy each other now while we’re alive

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