Contrasts in Metaphysical Writing: John Donne and Emily Dickinson


  • Tadej Braček University of Maribor



metaphysical poetry, Calvinism, John Donne, Emily Dickinson, rhetorical devices


This paper starts by stating what metaphysical poetry is, what its characteristics are, and who the metaphysical poets are. Later the paper focuses on Emily Dickinson’s poetry and confirms the thesis that she can be considered a metaphysical poet. The third thing the paper deals with is to what extent Donne’s and Dickinson’s poetry as well as Donne’s Sermons correspond to the Calvinist theology, which is the common credo of the Churches to which they belong. A further issue the paper debates about is rhetorical devices in the metaphysical service.

The last aspect of Donne’s and Dickinson’s writing that the essay explores is their attitude towards truth.


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28. 05. 2010

How to Cite

Braček, T. (2010). Contrasts in Metaphysical Writing: John Donne and Emily Dickinson. ELOPE: English Language Overseas Perspectives and Enquiries, 7(2), 77-90.