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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... iambic pattern , as do the two lines that follow . With the eight syllable lines and their four stressed syllables the poem is in iambic tetrameter . It also is made up of couplets ( two successive lines that rhyme ) in mainly end ...
... iambic tetrameter line clearly serves quite a different function than in the passage from Marvell . The iambic pentameter line with its normal pattern of five stressed sylla- bles allows the poet to develop his thought more fully . This ...
... iambic pentameter . It was a flexible medium that he could adapt to different kinds of character and scene , and is the closest of any poetic form to normal speech , yet still retains lines with , generally , ten syllables in each along ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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