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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In the following passage Milton describes Satan ' s inner turmoil as he prepares
to seduce human beings away from obedience to God ' s commands . Satan , the
fallen angel , cannot help but reflect on his glorious past and his sad present as ...
... who describes the shepherd that had been “ singing ” the poem up to this point
: Thus sang the uncouth swain to th ' oaks and rills , While the still morn went out
with sandals gray ; pastoral song He touched the tender stops of various quills.
Most of this Latin poem is a diatribe against the sharpers and parasites who
appear to succeed in the Roman metropolis at the expense of the virtuous , who
are usually their victims . In the same manner Johnson describes Thales who ,
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Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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