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February 28

Stephen Spender born, 1909

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Who coined the phrase "Metaphysical Poet" when referring to John Donne?

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John Dryden. It was intended to be disparaging: "He affects the Metaphysics [. . .] in his amorous verses, where nature only should reign; and perplexes the minds of the fair sex with nice speculations of philosophy, when he should engage their hearts."

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