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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... church tradition , Christ ' s sacrifice and resurrection are a sublime victory over
Death , making it essentially powerless . Donne ' s boldness is , in reality , a witty
and provocative assertion of this Christian teaching . In the couplet that closes ...
Once again in this poem Jonson employs the heroic couplet with force and
conviction , using a combination of metaphor , classical allusion , and direct
statement of his ideas to carry his message . He did much to establish the heroic
couplet as ...
The octosyllabic couplets in iambic meter underscore the poet ' s meaning with
their regularly returning rhyme ( as " youthful hue ” is linked to “ morning dew ” ) ,
adding an echoing sound to the other pleasures of the verse . The last couplet in
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