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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... end - stopped lines ( where the sense of the phrase or clause is completed at the end of each line ) . Like the architecture of Fairfax's estate , the poem is calm , regular , and orderly . It should be noted , however , that different ...
... end - stopped or run - on lines . These may seem like trivial details , but poets consciously work with them to enhance their meaning . The pause may be a full stop , as with a period , or a slight slow- ing down , as with a comma ...
... stops of various quills , With eager thought warbling his Doric lay : And now the sun had stretched out all the hills ... stopped lines , alternating rhyme , and a cou- plet at the end , reinforcing the sense of completion . All in all ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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