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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... clearly what poets can do in adopting someone else's voice . Readers of poetry naturally need to be especially attentive to the kind of language employed by the author . Poets will normally adapt their diction to their subject , unless ...
... clearly Jonson did not expect . It seems much too soon to lose his son for whom he had such high hopes , so Jonson exclaims that he should " lose all father now , " an ambiguous phrase that sug- gests he is ready to give up all chance ...
... clearly a flashy , fragrant woman who is out to attract attention to herself , hoping especially , as we will see , to allure her alienated husband . The image that Milton employs of the sailing ship decorated for entry into a harbor ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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