Published on the site and in the Gift-Shop is Fredi Stewarts’s poem Reborn, which we’ve described as ‘metaphysical’. If you love poetry, you’ll be familiar with the word. There were the Metaphysical Poets of the seventeenth century, most notably John Donne. But what exactly does the word mean – and what characterizes the poetry?
In an audio broadcast today – the third in our Poetry Masterclass series – we start with a limerick, spend a few moments with Terry Pratchett, and then take an in-depth look at one of Donne’s greatest poems, Death Be Not Proud, as we try to answer the question.
For background while you’re listening, here’s Donne’s poem. Click on the picture at the top for a closer look at Fredi’s.
View all the entries in our Poetry Masterclass series.