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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Here is the entire poem : Death , be not proud , though some have callèd thee
Mighty and dreadful , for thou art not so ; For those whom thou think ' st thou dost
overthrow Die not , poor Death , nor yet canst thou kill me . From rest and sleep ...
by addressing the house by name and by focusing on an external view of it and
its grounds : a fine black stone Thou art not , Penshurst , built to envious show , Of
touch or marble ; nor canst boast a row Of polished pillars , or a roof of gold ...
Hadst thou but been sae wise , As ta ' en thy ain wife Kate ' s advice ! She tauld
thee weel thou was a skellum , A blethering , blustering , drunken blellum ; That
frae November till October , Ae market - day thou was nae sober ; That ilka
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