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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It does prompt , he says , a certain “ wantonness ” in the clothes , which is odd
because objects are not usually given moral qualities . Of course the clothes
characterize the one who is wearing them , but " wantonness ” in the seventeenth
The Englishman, however, never conquered for personal aggrandizement,
implying his moral superiority. Marvell ends on a note of political realism when he
comments that Cromwell must now keep his sword ready in order to ensure the ...
It is a kind of moral tale in octosyllabic couplets in the eighteenth - century
tradition , but with only a limited amount of half - serious moralizing . The pace of
the plot is rapid and gradually increasing in tension , surprising in some of its
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