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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Donne makes a more subdued , yet no less effective , case for love in his “ A
Valediction : Forbidding Mourning . ” Here the speaker bids farewell to his
beloved , as he leaves on a voyage that will clearly take him from her for some
months , if ...
Besides their doctrinal differences with the Anglicans , the Puritans wanted less
ceremony , less elaborate ritual , and fewer ( or no ) images in the Church , with
more emphasis on the sermon and the devotional aspects of worship . Like his ...
There is little in the way of ornament or elaborate image making , which is
appropriate to the plain , rough nature of his subject . It is a more earth - bound
poem than the others we have discussed , less precious perhaps , but marked by
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