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 last two lines of this passage Swift artfully uses several caesuras to imitate
the movement and speech of the speaker and the maid , as he swears and
moves quickly away from her mop ' s splatter , then stops and turns to glare at her
Where ' er he turns , he meets a stranger ' s eye , His suppliants scorn him , and
his followers fly ; At once is lost the pride of awful state , The golden canopy , the
glittering plate , The regal palace , the luxurious board , The liveried army , and ...
After the historical examples , Johnson turns to more general temptations , such
as the normal human desire to live a long life . Of course we tend to forget all the
ills that flesh is heir to , and that the longer we live , the more we can suffer both ...
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Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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