The new philosophy calls all in doubt, / The element of fire is quite put out.
Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the Seventeenth Century
Donne to Butler
Selected and Edited with an Essay by Sir Herbert J.C. Grierson
“Metaphysical poetry, in the full sense of the term,” as Grierson writes, “is a poetry which has been inspired by a philosophical conception of the universe and the rôle assigned to the human spirit in the great drama of existence.”