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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... Pope's power as a poet : " In Pope I cannot read a line , But with a sigh I wish it mine " ( lines 47-48 ) . We know that Swift admired Pope's poetry , but we need not take this literally to see his point . Surely not every line by Pope ...
... Pope's father had been a successful London merchant , who moved his family to a small property at Binfield in Windsor Forest in 1700. There , as a youth , Pope read widely in the classics , learned several languages , ancient and modern ...
... Pope's inheritance from his father . He lived a long and healthy life , was true to his faith ( he refused to take oaths of allegiance and against the pope , thus making him subject to the anti - Catholic laws ) , and died easily and ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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