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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assonance , and consonance , which are the repetition of consonant or vowel
sounds within a line ( or in successive lines ) of verse . A few lines from John
Dryden ' s “ Alexander ' s Feast ” ( 1697 ) in which Alexander the Great ' s
The stresses in the first line are regularly iambic as indicated , but in the second
line the first word is clearly stressed , not the short and unimportant " of . ... The
rest of the line continues the regular iambic pattern , as do the two lines that
In these final lines Herbert makes sure that the iambic pattern is definite and the
rhymes are good to reinforce the sense that harmony and order have been
restored . It is a dramatic turnaround after all that defiant outpouring . This is
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