The best introduction to seventeenth-century metaphysical poetry is to be found in the essay introductory to
Metaphysical Lyrics and Poems of the Seventeenth Century. Selected and edited, with an Essay, by H. J. C. GRIENSON ( Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1921)
; and in two Essays by Mr T. S. ELIOT:
The Metaphysical Poets and Andrew Marvell, first published in 1924 in Homage to John Dryden ( Hogarth Press), and since reissued in Collected Essays ( Faber and Faber, 1932).
The most useful material about the individual poets here discussed is contained in the following editions of their works:
The Poems of John Donne. Edited by H. J. C. GRIERSON. 2 vols. Clarendon Press, 1912.
The Works of George Herbert. Edited with a Commentary by F. E. HUTCHINSON. Clarendon Press, 1941.
The Works of Henry Vaughan. Edited by L. C. MARTIN. 2 vols. Clarendon Press, 1914.
The work of Henry Vaughton. Edited by L.C mARTIN. 2 vols. Clerdon Press, 1927.
Professor Grierson's text of Donne's poems is almost exactly reproduced in
John Donne, Dean of St Paul's, Complete Poetry and Selected Prose. Edited by JOHN HAYWARD ( The Nonesuch Press, 1929). This volume also contains a representative selection of Donne's letters in prose and verse.