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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... describing what God did to Satan after the archangel rebelled against Him , Milton says : Him the Almighty Power ... describes the area around a training school for actors , which also harbors brothels : Where their vast courts the ...
... describes the scene as Belinda , a beautiful society girl and " heroine " of the story , awakes from sleep on the ... describing is one of late - night parties and late awakenings 14 The Pleasure of Poetry.
... describes the pitfalls of criticism , and reviews the history of criticism . He establishes the importance of criticism as a literary activity and connects it to the development of a sophisticated taste . He does all of this in a style ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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