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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Moving of th ' earth brings harms and fears , Men reckon what it did and meant ;
But trepidation of the spheres , Though greater far , is innocent . oscillation does
no harm ( 1 - 12 ) In the Renaissance , the virtuous were thought to die quiet ...
pastoral song He touched the tender stops of various quills , With eager thought
warbling his Doric lay : And now the sun had stretched out all the hills , And now
was dropped into the western bay ; At last he rose , and twitched his mantle blue
Perhaps surprisingly , Pope becomes the advocate for freedom of thought and
the cultivation of the imagination in education . The imagery of imprisonment and
the “ jingling padlock ” clearly carries his disapproval of the opposite approach ...
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