The Pleasure of Poetry: Reading and Enjoying British Poetry from Donne to Burns
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.
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... Belinda is from true grace . It clearly has nothing to do with her life or her real interests , but only serves to give them a pseudo - sacred veneer . One can begin to see why the real Belinda might not have appreciated Pope's poem ...
... Belinda does not see much difference between compromising her honor or ruining her new dress , thus contributing to the portrait of her moral blindness . The scene is set for the dramatic confron- tation between Belinda and the Baron ...
... Belinda's hair seriously without making it into a fully tragic event . The consequences of this act continue to reverberate through the action in Canto 4. Umbriel , a melancholy gnome , hurries down to the underworld where the Queen of ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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