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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Another important part of the language poets employ are the images ( i . e . ,
concrete references to the things of this world ) to evoke their subject . The
images they select and the way they treat them help determine the effect they
produce in ...
The images are extravagant , even absurd , with the speaker ' s “ vegetable love ”
growing in scope and time to cover the globe and the whole of human history .
The poet focuses on the number of years he could devote to adoring her beauty ...
The sweet ball of their love suggests unity , strength , and the sphere of perfection
, but it also involves fierce physical action that may include breaking through “ the
iron gates of life ” ( a much - discussed image ) into another realm . The sun ...
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