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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In the second stanza Donne continues his questioning of God . As in the first
stanza the questions occupy the first four lines , one question to two lines : Wilt
thou forgive that sin by which I have won Others to sin ? and made my sin their
The second stanza begins with the poet's response to Love's query at the end of
the first stanza: "A guest," 1 answered, "worthy to be here": Love said, "You shall
be he." "I, the unkind, ungrateful? Ah, my dear, 1 cannot look on thee." Love took
In this stanza he employs more end rhyme than in the first , using just two sounds
through these lines as well as alliteration ( note the ws and the ss ) , repetition ,
and consonance ( especially the l sound ) . Nevertheless , the lines flow smoothly
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Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
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