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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Occasionally, poets will themselves identify their poem with a certain type, as
Gray does with his "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard." The elegy was a
common type of poem, often formal and elaborate like the ode and reflecting
about life, ...
In the second half of the poem the poet ' s appreciation for his beloved ' s
appearance is enhanced by her walking movement within the fancy dress . He “
casts ” his eyes to follow her , emphasizing that this is his perception of her , not
At least half the lines are run - on , a high proportion for such a short poem . This
is part of Milton ' s craft , to understate the sound effects in order to stress the
substance and feeling of his poem , as he works to make it sound like a speaking
Was andere dazu sagen - Rezension schreiben
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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