The Pleasure of Poetry: Reading and Enjoying British Poetry from Donne to Burns
Praeger Publishers, 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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Another side to Dryden ' s poetic achievement is evident in his Religio Laici , or A
Layman ' s Religion ( 1682 ) . This is his ability to compose poems in which the
discussion of ideas is central to the poem ' s subject . Dryden wrote it to explain ...
Thus Dryden shows how music stimulates sacred wonder in these early human
beings . In this stanza he employs more end rhyme than in the first , using just two
sounds through these lines as well as alliteration ( note the ws and the ss ) ...
John Dryden More Poems by Dryden All of “ Mac Fleknoe , ” Absalom and
Achitophel , and “ Religio Laici ” “ Alexander ' s Feast or the Power of Music "
Annus Mirabilis The Hind and the Panther Songs : “ Why should a foolish
marriage vow ...
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