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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... Christ at its center , as the poet celebrates His extraordinary sacrifice that is beyond the capacity of anything human or natural to equal . Christ does not need the poet's offering in the way of palm branches and flowers , for he has ...
... Christ , as this figure has clearly become by now , confirms that he has taken the speaker's sins away , so there is nothing more for him to worry about . The speaker then must further learn that he will feast at the banquet where Christ ...
... Christ's sacrifice is necessary and cannot be replaced by human effort or beauty . Christ must be humiliated , suffer greatly , and die before we can be saved . The poet con- cludes that only Christ has the power to break the reign of ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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