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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This is the line commonly used in more serious verse , at least in the two
centuries we are surveying in this book . Few poets can match Samuel Johnson '
s use of this line in the " Vanity of Human Wishes ” ( 1749 ) to sound the organ
tones of ...
Dryden himself must be reckoned second only to Milton as a poet at this time for
his own achievement in several different genres , from satire to lyric and narrative
verse . He was perhaps most original in satire , but his significant achievement ...
As readers will have noticed , Goldsmith employs the heroic couplet as his
primary verse form , and his verse is traditionally moral and didactic , but we also
see that the themes and values of poetry are changing , at least in emphasis .
Was andere dazu sagen - Rezension schreiben
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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