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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... ( called iambic ) , with the lines usually having eight or ten syllables in all . Thus there are generally four or five stressed syllables in each line ( called tetrameter and pentameter respectively ) . Although each poem will have a ...
... called the " Tribe of Ben , " who met at the Devil's Tavern to discuss literature and other topics . Jonson continued to write poetry and produce plays , but his career gradually faded into obscurity . In 1628 he suffered a paralytic ...
... called " The Church Porch , " to indicate its introductory status . In it Herbert presents a series of poems filled with moral and spiritual advice to guide the wavering or uncertain person to the central experience of faith , with its ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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