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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... beauty , not on describing it ( unlike many such poems ) , with the final act being the revelation of her love for him . All of this is in good fun , of course , self- consciously witty and imaginative on the part of the speaker as he ...
... beauty and an object of adoration . The implication is that the pursuit of human love and beauty is just as futile and destructive as the pursuit of worldly honors . Marvell's sym- bolic use of color compresses much meaning into a few ...
... beauty of their love and its fulfillment with these familiar words : " How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank , " allowing the music of the night and of the spheres to create the " touches of sweet harmony " within them ( 5.1.62 ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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