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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... celebrate the first of May , a traditional holiday in England . Aurora is the classical goddess of the dawn , and Apollo is the sun god , with his beams being portrayed like his hair in flowing locks , a sign of his virility . All of ...
... celebrate life as the English had done for many centuries . It is , the poet suggests , proper " Devotion [ that ] ... celebrated by many young people : And some have wept , and wooed , and plighted troth And chose their priest , ere we ...
... celebrate the gathering of the crops to prepare for the long winter . In the seventeenth century England was still an agricultural country with the industrial revolution over a century away . Herrick dedicated the poem to Mildmay Fane ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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