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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... Swift ( 1667-1745 ) : Satirist , Preacher , and Lover Jonathan Swift's presence in this book may surprise some readers since he is usually thought of as a writer of prose , especially of Gulliver's Travels , one of the great satires in ...
... Swift's images couched in this series of rhetorical questions surely must have given some comfort to Stella , knowing that her eminent friend thought so highly of her past actions . In the final verse paragraph Swift becomes most ...
... Swift then imagines one year having passed after his death when a cus- tomer , " a country squire , " enters the bookshop of Bernard Lintot , a well- known publisher of the day , trying to find some of Swift's works . Lintot vaguely ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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