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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... flowers to straw thy way , I got me boughs off many a tree ; But thou wast up by break of day And brought'st thy sweets along with thee . The sun arising in the east , Though he give light and th'east perfume , If they should offer to ...
... flowers he can find , including ones from his shepherdess's head , but his coronet is not as beautiful as he had ... flowers disguised does fold With wreaths of fame and interest . a wreath for the head entwining coils or garlands ( 9-16 ) ...
... flowers and herbs , to chart the sun's progress through the day : How well the skillful gardener drew Of flowers and herbs this dial new , Where from above the milder sun Does through a fragrant zodiac run ; And as it works , th ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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