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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... begins with his characterization of his mistress's brutal act against the " innocence " of the poor flea , and couches his repri- mand as a question . But she proclaims , according to him , that her act has not harmed either one of them ...
... begins by boldly challenging the per- sonified figure of Death directly . Here is the entire poem : Death , be not proud , though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful , for thou art not so ; For those whom thou think'st thou dost ...
... begins : Come , sons of summer , by whose toil We are the lords of wine and oil ; By whose tough labors and rough hands We rip up first , then reap our lands . Crowned with the ears of corn , now come And , to the pipe , sing harvest ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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