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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... Cromwell returned to England in May 1650 , having established the dominance of the English army there . Scotland was ... Cromwell chose action , moved by the conflict between Parliament and the king : So restless Cromwell could not cease ...
... Cromwell is an overwhelming divine force with the sense that Cromwell is also acting to some degree on his own free will , fulfilling his character rather than God's will . Marvell's portrait of Cromwell thus com- bines both darker and ...
... Cromwell is like a trained bird of prey that does no more than his handler wants , but is ready for further action if asked , as he was for Scotland . Other countries , too , may have something to fear from this awesome warrior , who ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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