A comprehensive study guide offering in-depth explanation, essay, and test prep for the metaphysical poets, including Abraham Cowley, George Herbert, John Donne, and Henry Vaughn. These four poets are recognized for a greater emphasis on the spoken rather than lyrical quality of verse. As a collection of 17th century poetry, these poets employed an innovative and original approach, offering modern readers a new perspective of English poetry. Moreover, the metaphysical poets included in this study guide considerably influenced the poetry of the twentieth century through their use of intellectual wit, imagery and subtle argument. This Bright Notes Study Guide includes notes and commentary on literary classics such as "The Wish" by Abraham Cowley, "The Altar" by George Herbert, "Satyres" by John Donne, and "The World" by Henry Vaughan, helping students to thoroughly explore the reasons they have stood the literary test of time. Each Bright Notes Study Guide contains: - Introductions to the Author and the Work - Character Summaries - Plot Guides - Section and Chapter Overviews - Test Essay and Study Q&As The Bright Notes Study Guide series offers an in-depth tour of more than 275 classic works of literature, exploring characters, critical commentary, historical background, plots, and themes. This set of study guides encourages readers to dig deeper in their understanding by including essay questions and answers as well as topics for further research.