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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But , he finally concludes , this is neither possible nor right : It will not be ; and
therefore now For times to come I ' ll make this vow , From aberrations to live free
, So I ' ll not fear the Judge , or thee . ( 15 – 18 ) There is no sense of difficulty or ...
Even if the world burns up , as in the final conflagration suggested in the Bible ,
the virtuous soul will live , since it has accepted God ' s principles , which
transcend the material existence of human life . In fact , it is only in the spiritual
realm that ...
His irony at finding someone naive enough to believe that a "book could live a
year" is delicious, since Swift's real target here is the rapid change in the taste of
the town and those who cater to it. The true test of the value of a book for
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