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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I sent thee late a rosy wreath , Not so much honoring thee , As giving it a hope
that there It could not withered be . But thou thereon didst only breathe , And sent
' st it back to me ; Since when it grows and smells , I swear , Not of itself , but thee
Here Herbert engages in a dialogue with himself over what he should do on this
day to celebrate its transcendent significance for him : Rise , heart , thy lord is
risen . Sing his praise Without delays , Who takes thee by the hand , that thou ...
As he says , “ Should God create another Eve , and I Another rib afford , yet loss
of thee Would never from my heart ; no no , I feel The link of nature draw me :
flesh of flesh , Bone of my bone thou art , and from thy state Mine never shall be ...
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