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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Dialogue might seem to be difficult to fit into this relatively short line that is further
crimped by end rhyme , but Jonathan Swift shows what can be done with it in the
following passage from his “ Verses on the Death of Dr . Swift ” ( 1739 ) .
Here the iambic tetrameter line clearly serves quite a different function than in the
passage from Marvell . The iambic pentameter line with its normal pattern of five
stressed syllables allows the poet to develop his thought more fully . This is the ...
( 119 – 131 ) This is another passage in which Milton ' s passionate concern for
his church and his country breaks through the otherwise somewhat artificial
situation of the shepherd in the fields guarding his flocks . Here the bad shepherd
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