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 dialogue between the two figures carries much of the rest of the poem. The
second stanza begins with the poet's response to Love's query at the end of the
first stanza: "A guest," 1 answered, "worthy to be here": Love said, "You shall be
Here Umbriel , as he proceeds to Spleen ' s palace , has to pass through a most
unusual group of figures : Unnumbered throngs on ev ' ry side are seen Of bodies
changed to various forms by Spleen . Here living teapots stand , one arm held ...
lends it force and quiet drama with his figures of speech and the aphorism at the
end . The poet says further that we should not scorn these people because they
have no elaborate memorials or tombs in great churches , as may be found ...
Was andere dazu sagen - Rezension schreiben
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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