Jermyn Street Theatre
Jermyn Street Theatre

Metaphysicals

Metaphysicals

"Love's mysteries in souls do grow, / But yet the body is his book."

(John Donne)

Writing in the 17th century, the Metaphysical poets overturned the rules of poetry, blending the emotional and the intellectual in works of bold brilliance. Their poems tackle huge questions of philosophy, love, and religion, and often yoke startling different ideas, metaphors, and conceits together – aiming to surprise the reader with dramatic directness, and to compel them to wrestle with the knots of the poem.

The performance includes poetry by John Donne, George Herbert, Henry Vaughan, Anne Southwell and Andrew Marvell. 

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Helen Eastman

Director