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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... lords have built , but thy lord dwells . ( 89-94 ; 99-102 ) Thus , Jonson concludes that this manor house may enjoy its preeminence for the true nobility of its owners ' character . They have built not just a build- ing but a home and a ...
... lords of wine and oil ; By whose tough labors and rough hands We rip up first , then reap our lands . Crowned with the ears of corn , now come And , to the pipe , sing harvest home . Come forth , my Lord , and see the cart Dressed up ...
... Lord hear my earnest cry and prayer Against that Presbytry of Ayr ! Thy strong right hand , Lord , make it bare Upon their heads ! Lord visit them , and dinna spare , For their misdeeds ! do not ( 79-84 ) Willie does not simply ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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