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Metaphysical poets


20 People in sitter grouping:

The Metaphysical Poets was a term coined by the writer Samuel Johnson in his book, Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets (1779-1781), to describe a group of loosely connected English poets in the 17th Century. Philosophical and spiritual subjects were approached with wit and intellect with the poems characterised by the use of conceit. John Donne is the most prominent figure of the poets and considered the master of the metaphysical conceit. It is not considered a genre as the poets weren't necessarily aware of each other's work or had been classified together at the time.

Benjamin ('Ben') Jonson

Benjamin ('Ben') Jonson

1573?-1637
Poet and dramatist
Sitter associated with 19 portraits
Andrew Marvell

Andrew Marvell

1621-1678
Poet and politician; MP for Kingston-upon-Hull
Sitter associated with 16 portraits
Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh)

Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh)

1554-1618
Soldier, sailor, poet and writer
Sitter in 48 portraits
William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

1564-1616
Dramatist and poet
Sitter associated with 104 portraits
Thomas Carew

Thomas Carew

1595?-1639?
Poet
Sitter in 2 portraits
William Cartwright

William Cartwright

1611-1643
Divine and dramatist
Sitter in 4 portraits
Abraham Cowley

Abraham Cowley

1618-1667
Poet
Sitter associated with 37 portraits
Sir William Davenant

Sir William Davenant

1606-1668
Poet and dramatist
Sitter in 10 portraits
John Hall

John Hall

baptised 1627-1656
Poet and writer
Sitter in 3 portraits
Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury

Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury

1583-1648
Diplomat and writer
Sitter in 15 portraits
George Herbert

George Herbert

1593-1633
Devotional poet
Sitter in 6 portraits
Richard Lovelace

Richard Lovelace

1618-1658
Cavalier and poet
Sitter in 5 portraits
Katherine Philips (née Fowler)

Katherine Philips (née Fowler)

1631-1664
Known as 'Orinda'; poet and translator
Sitter in 7 portraits
Francis Quarles

Francis Quarles

1592-1644
Poet
Sitter associated with 7 portraits
Thomas Randolph

Thomas Randolph

baptised 1605-1635
Poet and playwright
Sitter in 2 portraits
John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

1647-1680
Poet and libertine
Sitter in 11 portraits
Thomas Stanley

Thomas Stanley

1625-1678
Scholar and humanist
Sitter in 7 portraits
Sir John Suckling

Sir John Suckling

1609-1642
Poet and the inventor of cribbage
Sitter in 11 portraits
Sir Henry Wotton

Sir Henry Wotton

1568-1639
Diplomat and poet
Sitter associated with 14 portraits