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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that he is weak and will continue to sin , even though he “ deplores ” what he is
doing . His knowledge that he is sinning , in fact ... In the second stanza Donne
continues his questioning of God . As in the first stanza the questions occupy the
Apparently so , for the poet continues and reviews the reasons to lament the fate
of this unfortunate young man . We must not forget , he declares , this noble ,
learned fellow singer , who was lost at sea and now could use a sympathetic lyric
This impact continues throughout history . In several more stanzas Dryden
continues to dramatize the effect of various instruments and their particular music
on human beings . The trumpet ' s “ clangor , ” along with the drum ' s beat ,
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