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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Most of the poets in this book use rhyme and other special sound effects to
enhance the music of their verse . Such elements are part of the more technical
side of poetry , but certainly add something to the pleasure we receive in reading
The first was the English (or Shakespearean) with its three quatrains (rhyming
abab cdcd efef) and a couplet (gg). The other was the Italian (or Petrarchan) with
its division into two parts, the octave (rhyming abba abba) and the sestet (
This sonnet is in the Italian form with its two - part structure consisting of an
octave containing two quatrains rhyming abba abba ... They de - emphasize the
rhyme by leading the reader on to the following line rather than underscoring it
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