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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... classical poet Ovid , to urge her in no un- certain terms to rise from her bed and go outside to celebrate the first of May , a traditional holiday in England . Aurora is the classical goddess of the dawn , and Apollo is the sun god ...
... classical culture is evident in the references to the laurel leaves that were traditionally associated with Apollo , god of poetry , the myrtles with Venus and love , and ivy with Bacchus and his wild parties ; all were evergreen and ...
... classical epics , which I will discuss at certain points to help elucidate what is going on . A good example is the first verse paragraph in the poem , which contains not only the poet's statement of purpose , but also an invocation to ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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