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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Thus Samson's renewed spirit prepares him for the final scene when he must be
ready for the ultimate sacrifice, confident in the support of his Lord. His despair is
overcome, and his trust in the grace and forgiveness of his God has returned.
Even before Flecknoe ' s speech is over , he suddenly disappears from the scene
, still declaiming , through a trapdoor in the stage floor , like an actual scene from
one of Shadwell ' s plays , leaving his robe behind , as Elijah left his mantle to ...
... about several tragic lovers of mythology . This is the scene in which Lorenzo , a
few moments later , lyrically describes the beauty of their love and its fulfillment
with these familiar words : “ How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank ...
Was andere dazu sagen - Rezension schreiben
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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