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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water , a traditional image for one ' s final passage into heaven . His only hope is
in Christ ' s redemptive power that may continue to shine for him and save him
from such a terrible fate . Note that even at this point Donne uses a pun , when he
The poet takes the conventional stand that his beloved is a goddess whom he
worships even more than the traditional gods . In a pleasing burst of hyperbole ,
the poet suggests that her presence can give the hope of eternal life to a bouquet
If poets would celebrate the virtuous poor and traditional values , perhaps they
could do something to redress the balance in a failing land . Goldsmith ' s elegy
for a traditional way of life is not completely bleak , though it could hardly be
Was andere dazu sagen - Rezension schreiben
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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