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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... Donne did not become a professional poet , since he could not gain a livelihood that way unless , like Shakespeare , he wrote for the theater . Donne actually published only a few poems during his lifetime , but circulated copies of his ...
... Donne at his best . The next step in Donne's career was into the church , and , though he wrote less poetry at this time , he still composed some religious poems worthy of attention . Before he took holy orders , Donne had already ...
... Donne's love of ex- travagant claims and pseudo - logic , here to affirm a fundamental Christian belief ? Donne deliberately ignores the negative aspects of death , from the suf- fering and anxiety it can cause to the sinfulness that ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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