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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Preface This is a book for the general reader , or anyone who has an interest in
poetry . It is meant to be an introduction to some ... Some of these can be difficult
for modern readers , but , perhaps surprisingly , most are not . With a little help in
Readers will, of course, form their own interpretation of these poems and have
their own favorites. This is as it should be. Poetry is much too personal to
pronounce absolute determinations of worth or meaning. My goal is to remind
those who ...
CHAPTER 1 Introduction to Reading Poetry Poetry is something for everyone to
enjoy , not just a select few . ... As surprising as it may seem to modern readers ,
given the difficulty of much poetry since the early twentieth century , most poets ...
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