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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Note the way the speaker begins with his characterization of his mistress's brutal
act against the “ innocence ” of the poor flea , and couches his reprimand as a
question . But she proclaims , according to him , that her act has not harmed
The speaker begins by boldly challenging the personified figure of Death directly
. Here is the entire poem : Death , be not proud , though some have callèd thee
Mighty and dreadful , for thou art not so ; For those whom thou think'st thou dost ...
Come forth , my Lord , and see the cart Dressed up with all the country art . wheat
( 1-8 ) Note how Herrick begins by addressing himself to the young workers ,
bidding them come celebrate the end of their labors and acknowledging their ...
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