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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This is , it seems , a simple poem , written in iambic tetrameter ( four stressed
syllables ) couplets , some run - on lines , and a rhythm that varies with the sense
. When the scarf is " thrown ” about the shoulders , the sense does not stop at the
He even goes so far as to suggest that he should not turn his eyes on Love
because of his strong sense of being undeserving, even after Love has
suggested that he is worthy. In order to underscore this invitation to his reluctant
guest, Love ...
The rest to some faint meaning make pretense , But Sh ------ never deviates into
sense . Some beams of wit on other souls may fall , Strike through , and make a
lucid interval ; But Sh ------ ' s genuine night admits no ray , His rising fogs prevail
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Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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