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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Herrick seems at first to praise “ disorder , " yet by the end of poem we come to
understand that this is all relative , that complete chaos is not at all what he
values . It is a special kind of disorder that he commends , one that is attractive
This realization is absolute ; there is no qualification to it , no hope for anything on
earth , even for that which seems perfect . The second stanza is addressed to the
perfect rose , the symbol of all beauty and love , with its brilliant red and ...
( 21 - 28 ) It is absurd to try to change fate if it represents God ' s will , but still ,
Cromwell seems also to embody his own force and passion . Marvell balances
the possibility that Cromwell is an overwhelming divine force with the sense that ...
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