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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Fame is the spur that the clear spirit doth raise ( That last infirmity of noble mind )
To scorn delights , and live laborious days ; But the fair guerdon when we hope to
find , And think to burst out into sudden blaze , Comes the blind Fury with th ...
... his God by serving His enemies. But before the officer returns to renew the
order, Samson indicates to the Chorus that he could change his mind; he
believes now that perhaps there is a good reason to go to the festival if he can do
mind in the garden , where he can exercise his imagination to its fullest extent .
Here , I believe , is the heart of the matter : Meanwhile the mind , from pleasure
less , Withdraws into its happiness ; The mind , that ocean where each kind Does
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