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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... heroic couplet with force and conviction , using a combination of metaphor , classical allusion , and direct statement of his ideas to carry his message . He did much to establish the heroic couplet as the standard poetic form in ...
... heroic couplet with ease and authority , as well as the allegorical parallels between the Israelites , who continually turned away from God's grace , and the English . The most damning portrait in the poem is that of Achitophel ...
... heroic couplet , note how variable is the placement of the caesura in each line , how it helps to keep the sense clear and compact with short phrases and clauses . In the last line , for example , its two parts highlight the ironic ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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