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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( 41 - 48 ) The mind ' s ability to create " other worlds ” is what constitutes its bliss ,
not simply reproducing the known world . The mind is like the ocean in containing
all kinds of objects and ideas , but it also has the power to form new objects ...
It was not possible for him to remain alone in the garden forever , however , so
Marvell concludes his poem by describing the sun dial that the gardener created
out of the natural elements he had to work with , the flowers and herbs , to chart ...
When he plays them for his brothers , they are so struck by the sounds that they
immediately bow down in worship ; only a god could create such loveliness and
power . Thus Dryden shows how music stimulates sacred wonder in these early ...
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Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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