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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... humans are responsible for creating their own religious view of the universe . But , Dryden objects , reason alone would never have reached such conclusions if God had not first revealed these ideas to the human mind . Human beings are ...
... human feelings . This impact continues throughout history . In several more stanzas Dryden continues to dramatize the effect of various instruments and their particular music on human beings . The trumpet's " clangor , " along with the ...
... Human planning , the poet concludes , is no more infallible than the mouse's . Both humans and animals are subject to the accidents of life , which may com- pletely overturn their lives . Humans , however , have the additional burden of ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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