The Metaphysical Passion: Seven Modern American Poets and the Seventeenth-Century Tradition

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

I am grateful to those authors who have expressly and generously allowed me to quote from their books: R. P. Blaclanur, T. S. Eliot , John Holmes, Joseph Wood Krutch, Stanley J. Kunitz, Archibald MacLeish, Peter Quennell, Wallace Stevens, Robert Penn Warren, and Yvor Winters. I owe thanks also to the various publishers who have granted me general permission to use material from books under their copyright.

For special permission to reprint passages from the following books, acknowledgments are due to Henry Holt and Company for Poems about God by John Crowe Ransom, copyright 1919 by Henry Holt and Company, Inc.; to Alfred A. Knopf for Selected Poems by John Crowe Ransom, copyright 1924, 1927, 1945 by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., Joseph and His Brothers by Thomas Mann, copyright 1938 by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., Collected Poems of Elinor Wylie, copyright 1921, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1932 by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.; to Liveright Publishing Corporation for The Collected Poems of Hart Crane, copyright 1933 by Liveright, Inc.; also, for their courtesy, to Random House for The Contemporary and His Soul by Irwin Edman, copyright 1931 by Irwin Edman, John Donne: Complete Poetry and Selected Prose edited by John Hayward, 1929, Ruins and Visions: Poems 1934- 1942 by Stephen Spender, copyright 1942 by Stephen Spender; to The Clarendon Press for Modern Poetry: A Personal Essay by Louis MacNeice, 1938; to Faber and Faber for Reason and Romanticism by Herbert Read, 1926; to The Macmillan Company for Poetry Direct and Oblique by E. M. W. Tillyard, 1934.

To Professor Sculley Bradley of the University of Pennsylvania I am indebted for his encouragement and direction in the prep-

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Contents ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Part One The Temper Of Metaphysical Poetry 1
  • 1- Definitions 3
  • 2- The Poets and Their Subjects 11
  • 3- Methods, Manner, and Mood 21
  • 4- Wit and the Objective Equivalent 35
  • Part Two Sources of The Metaphysical Impulse 57
  • 5- Time of Transition 59
  • 6- Seventeenth-Century Conflicts 79
  • 7- Analogies 103
  • 8- Twentieth-Century Tensions 114
  • 9- Phases of the Modern Crisis 133
  • Part Three Seven Poets: Text and Context 165
  • 10- T. S. Eliot 167
  • 11- The Fugitives 184
  • 12- Macleish-Wylie-Crane 212
  • Notes 242
  • Partial Bibliography Of Critical Works from 1900 293
  • Index of Names 319
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