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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allegory using biblical characters and episodes , whereas Dante ' s Divine
Comedy is perhaps the most elaborate allegory in all of poetry , as Dante the
character takes his arduous spiritual journey all the way from Hell through
Purgatory to ...
Sentiment is perhaps even more important than ideas in his verse , with
sympathy and generosity being the most prominent feelings displayed . In “ The
Deserted Village , ” then , Goldsmith combines traditional poetic forms and
devices with ...
So the speaker prays for selfknowledge for all humans , that we might see
ourselves from others ' point of view , not just from our own limited perspective .
This would teach us humility and perhaps even help us not to pretend to more
piety than ...
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