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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... epic that would celebrate his country , but that goal changed over the years to focus more on the story of the creation from the Bible , including the fall of the angels and , especially , the fall of human beings from God's grace . For ...
... epic poem . Here are the first ten lines : Of man's first disobedience , and the fruit Of that forbidden tree , whose mortal taste Brought death into the world , and all our woe , With loss of Eden , till one greater Man Restore us ...
... epic genre . Readers have loved it ever since , for its wit , fancy , and incisive verse . As a kind of epic , The Rape tells a story with several major characters , in- cluding a heroine and a hero as well as some supernatural figures ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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