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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The first is “ The Hock Cart , or Harvest Home , ” which is a poem about the end of
the harvest when the final cart comes home decorated and followed by all the
young harvesters . Like “ Corinna Goes A - Maying " this too concerns a
The first few lines establish the poet ' s personal involvement with the fate of this
other young man and his poetic career : unripe unskilled Yet once more , O ye
laurels , and once more Ye myrtles brown , with ivy never sere , I come to pluck ...
The beautiful young woman at first exerts her power in this contest with skill and
joy , but then she succumbs to the rivalry with others , and gradually virtue loses
its influence on her behavior . Personified abstractions play the characters that
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Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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