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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... ideas in this poem . The six- line stanza provides a firm framework within which Donne treats his ideas and images with relative simplicity , yet still with originality , economy , and flair . We have seen that the last two lines make a ...
... ideas to carry his message . He did much to establish the heroic couplet as the standard poetic form in English . The poem is , as usual with Jonson , a balanced judgment on an artist of supreme powers spoken in clear , measured terms ...
... ideas is central to the poem's subject . Dryden wrote it to explain and justify his faith in the Anglican Church , the national religion , to the public at a time when the debate about such topics was extremely intense . Despite the ...
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Poet of Secular and Sacred Love
Elegist Satirist and Moralist
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