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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Jonson had nothing to gain by praising this poet who had been dead for seven
years, yet his commendation is grand and ... art a monument without a tomb, And
art alive still while thy book doth live, And we have wits to read and praise to give.
Wherefore each part Of my hard heart Meets in this frame , To praise thy Name :
That , if I chance to hold my peace , These stones to praise thee may not cease .
Oh let thy blessed SACRIFICE be mine , And sanctify this A L I AR to be thine .
Who to a friend his faults can freely show , And gladly praise the merit of a foe ?
Blessed with a taste exact , yet unconfined ; A knowledge both of books and
humankind ; Gen ' rous converse ; a soul exempt from pride ; And love to praise ,
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Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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