Starting from T.S. Eliot's essay "The Metaphysical Poets" (1921), moving on to John Donne's "Death's Duell" and the late Shakespeare of Antony and Cleopatra, and encountering Emily Dickinson on the same path, we will approach Marianne Moore and Elizabeth Bishop in order to reflect on the metaphysical quality of their poetry, thus interrogating the very essence of the poetical.
T. S. Eliot, "The Metaphysical Poets", Selected Essays, Faber and Faber, London, 1932
John Donne, Selected Poems, ed. Giorgio Melchiori, Bari, Adriatica, 1968
William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra, Arden edition
Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems, Ed. by Thomas H. Johnson, Faber and Faber, London, 1970
Marianne Moore, The Complete Poems, Macmillan, New York, 1956
Elizabeth Bishop, Complete Poems, Chatto and Windus, 1991