The Pleasure of Poetry: Reading and Enjoying British Poetry from Donne to Burns
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - 267 Seiten
The poetry produced by the British poets of the 17th and 18th centuries is considered to be among the best ever written. But many general readers feel intimidated by the language or structure of the poetry, and so tend to shy away from enjoying these poets and their works. Nelson takes readers on a tour of the major works and figures of 17th- and 18th-century British poetry, explaining major themes, devices, styles, language, rhythm, sound, tone, imagery, form, and meaning. Beginning each chapter with a sketch of the poet's life and career, the author then looks at five or six representative works, helping readers understand and appreciate the beauty of poetry itself.
From Donne and Jonson, to Pope, Swift, and Burns, the book offers excerpts of the poetry these artists crafted, and carefully examines the various attributes that have helped to establish them as some of the greatest of all time. Writing in clear, accessible language, Nelson also introduces general poetry terms to the novice, providing examples and explanations where necessary. Readers will no longer feel intimidated by difficult poetry. Instead, they will walk away with the tools they need to read, understand, and appreciate these titans of British letters.
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Donne, however, after much soul-searching, eventually renounced his family's
religion when he came to adulthood. As a young boy, he was an excellent
student, going to Oxford University at the age of 12 (not an unusual age at the
time) and ...
As befitting the young man about town that he was in the 1590s, Donne's early
poetry centers on love in all its forms: physical, cynical, and ideal. He rejected the
conventional strain of Elizabethan love poetry in order to inject new life and vigor
Reading and Enjoying British Poetry from Donne to Burns Nicolas H. Nelson. If
our souls are separate to any degree, the speaker says, they are like the legs of a
draftsman's compass that work in tandem. As the one extends out to make a ...
Reading and Enjoying British Poetry from Donne to Burns Nicolas H. Nelson.
disease, makes him far less worthy of fear and awe than normally suggested.
Moreover, the poet claims that drugs and magic can make us sleep better than
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Elegist Satirist and Moralist
Poet of Time Love and Delight
Poet and Priest
Poet of English Puritanism
Pastoral Poet of Time and History
Poet of the Restoration
Satirist Preacher and Lover
Satirist and Moralist
Moralist and Satirist
Finch Gray Goldsmith and Cowper
Singer Satirist and Storyteller