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1 Samuel Johnson wrote, "The metaphysical poets were men of learning, and, to show their learning was their whole endeavour; but, unluckily resolving to show it in rhyme, instead of writing poetry, they only wrote verses, and, very often, such verses as stood the trial of the finger better than of the ear; for the modulation was so imperfect, that they were only found to be verses by counting the syllables... The most heterogeneous ideas are yoked by violence together; nature and art are ransacked for illustrations, comparisons, and allusions; their learning instructs, and their subtlety surprises; but the reader commonly thinks his improvement dearly bought, and, though he sometimes admires, is seldom pleased." Samuel Johnson, Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets, vol. 1 (1779)

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97 John Donne 1600 1631
179 George Herbert 1600 1633
278 Henry Vaughan 1600 1690
279 Richard Crashaw 1600 1690
280 Andrew Marvell 1600 1690
329 Aurelian Townshend 1600 1690

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28 Intellectual
137 Social/Cultural