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Ben Jonson
Metaphysical and Cavalier poets

John Donne
Ben Jonson, a boisterous man and an accomplished poet, inspired later poets, called “sons of Ben.”  These poets were known as Cavaliers because they took the side of Charles I and his Royalist cavaliers. Cavalier poetry was charming and witty, dealing with themes of love, war, and carpe diem.  John Donne wrote metaphysical poetry— poems characterized by themes of love, death, and religious devotion.  Metaphysical poets used elaborate metaphors to explore life’s complexities.

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