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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... Satan's pride and pretense , since he is ironically described as having been " by merit raised / To that bad eminence " ( 2 : 5-6 ) . It soon will be obvious that Satan is concerned primarily with his own power and prestige , and hopes ...
... Satan speaks aloud to himself , revealing the depth of his inner turmoil . Here he is more honest with himself than he usually is when he talks to others , so this pas- sage gives a good indication of his mental state . He even admits ...
... Satan , meanwhile , is lurking about the garden . The stage is set for their ultimate trial . Satan's first entrance into Paradise is stopped by the angel Gabriel after he is caught whispering in Eve's ear and causing a disturbing dream ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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