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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But even as the poet raises the possibility , he dismisses it because he believes
such fidelity cannot last . ... Donne , I believe , is not writing from his heart , but
playing with one of the traditional themes of love poetry , the inconstancy of
He is incredulous ( or poses at being ) , and draws himself up like a classical
orator of old , who believes that he must ... and growth : Queen of this universe ,
do not believe Those rigid threats of death ; Ye shall not die : How should ye ? By
Faith is not built on disquisitions vain ; The things we must believe are few and
plain : But since men will believe more than they need , And every man will make
himself a creed , In doubtful questions ' tis the safest way To learn what ...
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