Metaphysical and Cavalier Poets Assignment

Metaphysical and Cavalier Poetry Analysis
Your task, should you choose to accept it, is to analyze some of the most famous poems written by the
metaphysical and cavalier poets. You will choose 5 of the following 6 poems to analyze using either the
TPCASTT format or the Poetry Explication suggestions form UNC. You will be writing up your answers,
but it need not be in formal essay structure. It is expected that you will reference specific words, lines,
etc from the poems when analyzing. You may include a copy of the poem with annotations as part of
your analysis if you wish. Overall, your goal is to show that you have a thorough understanding of each
A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning – John Donne
Song: To Celia – Ben Johnson
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time – Robert Herrick
Why So Pale and Wan, Fond Lover? – Sir John Suckling
To Lucasta, Going to the Wars – Richard Lovelace
To His Coy Mistress – Andrew Marvell