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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... Jonson ( 1572–1637 ) : Elegist , Satirist , and Moralist Donne's contemporary , Ben Jonson , was a product of Westminster , a city near London that was home to Parliament and the Court , as well as the famous abbey . Jonson's father ...
... Jonson never became a serious rival to Shakespeare as a popular playwright , he did write several highly successful comedies , including Volpone ( 1606 ) and The Alchemist ( 1610 ) , which are still performed today . He also wrote ...
... Jonson's poem in honor of Shakespeare , " To the Memory of ... Mr. William Shakespeare . " It was printed in the First Folio of the playwright's works in 1623. Jonson had nothing to gain by praising this poet who had been dead for seven ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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