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 describing Eve , Adam reveals how deep his feeling is for her beauty ,
suggesting a fatal weakness in his nature . ... her beauty momentarily stuns him
until , through an act of will , he deliberately dismisses such feelings in order to
carry out ...
In the final paragraph the poet concludes that , in order to meet this threat , they
must act on their feelings now . Otherwise , they will be subject to time ' s
inexorable climax , to death and the end of all possible enjoyment , which may
come at ...
The good feelings of all parties make no difference to the ruthless power of the
storm . Cowper says little about the accident itself , but the situation is clearly
irrecoverable and hopeless . The focus turns to the sailor as he struggles in the
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