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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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
Moreover , the poet claims that drugs and magic can make us sleep better than
Death can , so he has no reason to be proud . The speaker ' s arguments have
sometimes been called into question because of his refusal to accept death as a
Then with no throbbing fiery pain, No cold gradations of decay, Death broke at
once the vital chain, And freed his soul the nearest way. (25-36) Levet's
goodness may have been limited in scope, as Johnson acknowledges, but it was
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