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 first effect of the Fall is that Adam and Eve become inflamed with lust and
take " their fill of love ” ( 9 : 1042 ) , but their innocence is gone . When Adam
awakes from this “ amorous play , ” he proceeds to condemn Eve for giving in to “
Ripe apples drop about my head ; The luscious clusters of the vine Upon my
mouth do crush their wine ; The nectarine and curious peach Into my hands
themselves do reach ; Stumbling on melons as I pass , Insnared with flowers , I
fall on ...
It will all end quickly and definitively : Unnumbered suppliants crowd Preferment '
s gate , Athirst for wealth , and burning to be great ; Delusive Fortune hears th '
incessant call , They mount , they shine , evaporate , and fall . On every stage the
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Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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