John Donne (1572-1631) is often categorized as a “metaphysical poet”. Interestingly, the label originally was not intended as complimentary when it was coined by poet and literary critic John Dryden (1631-1700). Dryden instead coined the phrase to use critically. Perhaps foreshadowing modernists in the 1900s, Dryden strived for precision of thought and words without use of flowery language or scholarly show. Samuel Johnson’s (1709-1784) similar criticism of metaphysical poets (read here on wiki) inspired my above ‘poem’.
My paraphrasing poem is in octosyllabic couplets which, according to Wiki, was suppose to be a favorite of the (possibly mythical) metaphysical poets. But honoring Dryden’s preferences, unlike those metaphysicists, I have used plain language and a non-scholastic tone. Yet perhaps sadly vulnerable to Johnson’s criticism of metaphysics, I was less a poet and merely a technician. Oh well, but perhaps some will enjoy this info and the pics!
I’ve only read a bit of Donne, so I’m not sure I’d be as critical as Johnson and Dryden. Nonetheless, poetry which obvious tries to boast of erudition and pretentiously uses uncommon flowery language is not a favorite of mine.