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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... Samson has lost all hope , not only physically but also spiritually . God is completely missing from his life , the light of day having been totally elimi- nated . God is light and formed his world from it , so Samson can only la- ment ...
... Samson , Harapha , the giant Philis- tine warrior who hopes to triumph over the fallen Hebrew hero . Milton has invented this character to offer a final challenge to Samson , perhaps as a fur- ther stimulant to rouse him from his ...
... Samson's renewed spirit prepares him for the final scene when he must be ready for the ultimate sacrifice ... Samson has been reborn . Finally , when a Philistine officer comes to take Samson to the temple of Dagon to perform feats of ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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