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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He addresses a listener who may have special powers to see the invisible and to
ride practically forever searching the world for uncommon sights: If thou beest
born to strange sights, Things invisible to see, Ride ten thousand days and nights
Ask for those kings whom thou saw'st yesterday, And thou shalt hear, All here in
one bed lay. (11–20) The speaker asserts that the sun's rays are not nearly as
powerful as he or others think; they do not even compare to his beloved's eyes, ...
Here is the entire poem: Death, be not proud, though some have calle`d thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so; For those whom thou think'st thou dost
overthrow Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me. From rest and sleep,
In the second stanza Donne continues his questioning of God. As in the first
stanza the questions occupy the first four lines, one question to two lines: Wilt
thou forgive that sin by which I have won Others to sin? and made my sin their
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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