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Part 1 of the book Approaches to Teaching the Metaphysical Poets, edited by Sidney Gottlieb. The chapter is not an attempt to settle the implicit argument between those who (in the words of one colleague) "most certainly do not believe in using an anthology of seventeenth-century poetry" and those who, for one reason or another, choose to use an anthology. Nor is what follows a comprehensive list of all available editions and anthologies or a fully developed critical review of them. It is, rather, a brief description of those texts mentioned by respondents, including enough information to help instructors decide which texts suit their particular needs.


Reprinted by permission of the Modern Language Association of America.



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